Nonstop Hebard has barely been off the court in last 17 months

March 4, 2021

Ruthy Hebard

Ruthy Hebard of Fairbanks has been on the basketball court almost nonstop for the last 17 months.

From the beginning of her senior season at the University of Oregon to the WNBA to the Turkish Super League, she has played 78 games since November of 2019.

Her only break was because of COVID. It’s been the only thing to slow her down.

Hebard has excelled at every stop, making a seamless transition from college to the pro game.

In Turkey, the 6-foot-4 rookie has recorded 16 double-doubles in 22 games with Nesibe Aydin.

She’s also earned player-of-the-week honors five times this season and posted season highs of 34 points and 20 rebounds.

Hebard’s 34 points is the most for a women’s pro player from Alaska since Palmer’s Jessica Moore scored 35 in France in 2008. Her 23 rebounds are the most for an Alaskan since Eagle River’s Kelsey Griffin had 23 in Australia in 2019.

Hebard leads her team in points (19.7) and rebounds (11.9) per game while shooting 54.7 percent from the field.

Nesibe (17-6) is in third place in the women’s super league with two regular-season games left. The team has qualified for the playoffs in its first season in the country’s top league.

Hebard, of West Valley High fame, also played a pivotal role with her WNBA team in late summer and helped the Chicago Sky advance to the WNBA playoffs. It was the same deal with the Ducks, who she helped reach the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight three times.

Hebard is used to success. She’s been on the winning side in 60 of her 78 games since 2019.