Sabrina Ionescu puts ESPN on blast for not recognizing female athletes

Sabrina Ionescu has a message for ESPN.

The Oregon guard finished with 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s 91-68 win over Indiana, joining Stanford’s Nicole Powell as the only players in Division I history with multiple triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament.

When she spoke after the game, she touched on not only her historic performance but also used her platform to put the network on blast for failing to acknowledge female athletes.

[email protected] guard @sabrina_i20 putting @espn on notice that there is only one @NCAA player who wears the crown when it comes to triple-doubles, and HER name is Sabrina Ionescu #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/kus2djjFSe

“I mean it’s awesome to get one in the tournament,” Ionescu said after the game. “Probably still won’t get recognized because ESPN never recognizes women’s sports that are getting triple-doubles. But I’m just happy that I was able to do it.”

With her team holding a comfortable lead over the Hoosiers, Ionescu purposely missed her last shot in order to get the rebound to secure her 18th career triple-double — the most career triple-doubles of any woman or man in the NCAA — and eighth this season.

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“I knew exactly where it (the ball) was going to go, so I was like, ‘Let me just kind of add a little more rotation on this shot so I can get it back,” Ionescu said.

With the victory, the Ducks advance to the Sweet Sixteen and will next play the winner of Monday’s matchup between No. 3 Syracuse and No. 6 South Dakota State.

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