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This Oregon basketball star just made history after she spoke at Kobe Bryant’s memorial service

Sabrina Ionescu definitely had the #MambaMentality on Monday

Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) drives to the basket as Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15), defends during a Final Four semifinal of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Friday, April 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) drives to the basket as Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15), defends during a Final Four semifinal of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Friday, April 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
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University of Oregon basketball star Sabrina Ionescu stared her day speaking at the Kobe Bryant memorial service. She ended it by shattering an NCAA Division I record, CBS Sports reports.

What happened with Ionescu?

  • Ionescu became the first NCAA Division I player — male or female athlete — to score 2,000 points, dish out 1,000 assists and snag 1,000 rebounds in her career.
  • Ionescu accomplished the fear Monday night when Oregon defeated No. 4 Stanford.
  • She earned the feat with a rebound in the third quarter against Stanford.
  • Ionescu is currently Oregon’s all-time leading scorer.
  • Oregon will now at least share the Pac-12 title, according to CBS.

Earlier in the day, she honored Kobe Bryant

  • Ionescu spoke at the Kobe Bryant memorial service on Monday at the Staples Center. She talked about Kobe Bryant’s positive attitude and how he influenced her own game.
  • Ionescu said at the memorial service: “I grew up watching Kobe Bryant game after game, ring after ring, living his greatness without apology. I wanted to be just like him, to love every part of the competition, to be the first to show up and the last to leave, to love the grind, to be your best when you don’t feel your best and make other people around you the best version of themselves.”