Sabrina Ionescu Makes College Basketball History and Dedicates Milestone to Kobe Bryant: 'It Was for Him'

Sabrina Ionescu made college basketball history by becoming the first player in history among both men and women to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in her career.

That the Oregon senior reached the historical milestone on a day when she spoke at Kobe Bryant's memorial service made the achievement even more poignant.

The choice of scheduling the "Celebration of Life" event to commemorate the memory of the late Los Angeles Lakers star and his daughter Gianna for Monday, February 24 was not casual as 24 and 2 are the numbers Kobe and Gianna wore during their careers.

By coincidence, Ionescu wears No. 20 and the significance wasn't lost on her.

"It was for him [Bryant]," Ionescu told ESPN's LaChina Robinson. "To do it on 2/24/20 is huge. We had talked about it in the preseason. I can't really put that into words. He's looking down and really proud of me and just really happy for this moment with my team."

The Ducks guard finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as No. 3 ranked Oregon defeated No. 4 Stanford 74-66 on the road, bringing her career tally to 2,467 points, 1,041 assists and 1,003 rebounds.

The triple-double was the 26th of Ionescu's career and Oregon has won each game in which she has recorded at double-figures in three statistical categories.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Ionescu holds the record for consecutive team wins when a player records a triple-double in NBA, WNBA and Division I history.

Ionescu is two and five wins ahead of former Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlian, while Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is the closest player still in activity with 23.

Despite battling the flu, Ionescu took part in the team practice in Palo Alto, California, on Sunday afternoon and then flew to Los Angeles with Oregon coach Kelly Graves' wife to attend Bryant's memorial.

According to ESPN, the duo then flew back to Palo Alto straight after the service on Monday afternoon, with Ionescu arriving at the Maples Pavilion just 90 minutes ahead of tip off on Monday night.

At Bryant's funeral service, Ionescu spoke of the relationship she had developed with the five-time NBA champion and his daughter Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles on January 26.

"If I represented the women's game, Gigi [Gianna]was the future, and Kobe knew it," Ionescu said. "So we decided to build a future together. [...] She always wanted to learn and to go to every game she could—college, NBA, WNBA. Kobe was helping her with that because he saw it in her.

"Just like he saw it in me. His vision for others is always bigger than that for themselves. His vision for me was way bigger than my own. More importantly, he didn't just show up in my life and leave—he stayed."

Ionescu's mental strength may have surprised many on Monday, but Graves explained it was nothing new for him and praised her focus and drive.

"In true Sabrina fashion, she goes out on the biggest day and biggest moment and shines bright," he said. "It was really neat to see how hard she competed tonight, gave it everything she had. She really has nothing left, I'm sure. I think everybody got a chance to see who Sabrina is."

Sabrina Ionescu, Kobe Bryant
Sabrina Ionescu speaks during The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant at Staples Center on February 24 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty
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