Hebard catches fire, rekindles team MVP form in Ducks win

February 3, 2017

Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

In the midst of her first shooting slump in college, University of Oregon freshman Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks didn’t shy away from the ball when she returned to the court.

She caught fire and rekindled her team MVP form.

The 6-foot-4 forward drained with 9-of-10 shooting from the field to produce 22 points to go with 14 rebounds and a season-high four assists to highlight a 79-65 win in Pac-12 play in Tucson, Arizona.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, now has eight double-doubles in 23 career games and is looking more and more like the MVP of the Ducks [15-8, 5-5].

She leads the team in points [343], rebounds [200], field-goal percentage [.655], free throws [72] and free-throw attempts [90], and ranks second in steals [28].

Hebard came into the game having scored a total of just 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting in back-to-back games against Oregon State. It was the first time this season that she was held to single digits in consecutive games.