Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) wipes her eye during the second half of a women's Final Four NCAA college basketball semifinal tournament game against the Baylor, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Sabrina Ionescu decides to stay at Oregon for senior season

April 06, 2019 - 9:03 pm

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is returning for her senior season.

The Ducks star bylined a story on The Players Tribune titled "Unfinished Business" on Saturday night, minutes after the deadline for her to declare for the WNBA draft expired. She was eligible to enter the draft following her junior season because she will turn 22 this year.

The AP All-American wrote in the piece, "I came to the University of Oregon as a freshman in 2016-2017. We made the Elite Eight (and lost big). I came back to the University of Oregon as a sophomore in 2017-2018. We made the Elite Eight (and lost close). I came back to the University of Oregon as a junior in 2018-2019. We made the Final Four. And now I couldn't be happier to announce that I'm coming back to the University of Oregon for the 2019-2020 basketball season. I won't predict exactly how far we're going to go... but I'll just say this. We have unfinished business."

Oregon lost to Baylor in the national semifinals Friday night. Ionescu had 24 hours following the loss to declare for the draft.

The Ducks return most of their team that won the Pac-12 regular season title and most likely will be a favorite to win the national championship next year.

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