Hebard to have homecoming in Fairbanks when Ducks pay visit

August 7, 2018

Ruthy Hebard basketball

Ruthy Hebard

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks will receive star treatment when the University of Oregon women’s basketball team opens the season.

That’s because the first game will be in her hometown.

The Ducks will open the season Nov. 6 against the University of Alaska Fairbanks in a rare matchup between the Pac-12 and GNAC.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, is a two-time All-Pac-12 performer and last season became the fastest Alaska woman to score 1,000 career points at the NCAA D1 level.

She accomplished the feat in 63 games to shatter the previous record of 73 games set in 2007 by Chugiak’s Kelsey Griffin at Nebraska.

Last season, Hebard helped the Ducks post a 33-5 record and reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot-4 forward led Oregon in rebounding (9.0) and ranked second in scoring (17.6), and set an NCAA record with 33 consecutive field goals.

The UAF team features seven Alaska players and the coaching staff features Jessie Craig, who coached Hebard in high school when she was a three-time Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year.