03/18 23:26 CDT No. 2 seed Oregon advances with 101-73 win over Minnesota
No. 2 seed Oregon advances with 101-73 win over Minnesota
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) --- Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, nine assists and seven
rebounds and the second-seeded Oregon Ducks advanced to the Sweet 16 with a
101-73 victory over No. 10 Minnesota in the second round of the women's NCAA
Tournament on Sunday night.
It was the 11th straight victory for the Ducks, who are headed to the round of
16 for the second straight season. Last year they went to the Elite Eight for
the first time in program history.
Ionescu was just short of her second straight and 11th career triple-double. A
sophomore, Ionescu holds the all-time NCAA record for triple doubles.
Fellow sophomore Ruthy Hebard finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the
Ducks, who led by as many as 34 points. Ionescu went to the bench with 8:31
left in the game and Oregon up by 30.
With her fourth assist of the game, Ionescu broke the Pac-12 single season
record of 278, set by Arizona's Brenda Pantoja in the 1995-96 season.
Carlie Wagner led the Golden Gophers with 20 points. Oregon's 101 points were
the most Minnesota had given up all year.
The Ducks, who won both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles, were
coming off an 88-45 first-round victory over No. 15 seed Seattle. Ionescu
finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in that game.
Minnesota beat No. 7 Green Bay 89-77 on Friday. Kenisha Bell had 24 of her 26
points in the second half as the Gophers rallied from 10 points down at
Minnesota came into the tournament with an average of 85.2 points per game to
lead the Big Ten and rank third nationally --- behind only UConn and Baylor.
The Golden Gophers were making their first tournament appearance since 2015.
Oregon jumped out to a 21-13 lead after Ionescu's corner 3-pointer. She got a
layup as the shot clock expired and a free throw to put the Ducks up 30-22 at
the end of the first quarter. Ionescu led all scorers in the period with 13
Hebard's layup gave the Ducks a 41-31 lead. Ionescu feel to the floor but
somehow nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Ducks a 51-36 lead at the
break. She went into the half with 22 points.
Lexi Bando's 3-pointer pushed the Ducks' lead to 39-62 in the third quarter.
Minnesota: The Golden Gophers have faced the Ducks just once before, in the
1979 WNIT. Oregon won, 85-74. ... Minnesota's best finish in the tournament was
a run to the Final Four in 2004. ... Minnesota's 24 wins this season were its
most in 13 seasons.
Oregon: The Ducks pushed their total wins this season to 32, a record for coach
Kelly Graves. ... Oregon was making its second straight tournament appearance
and 14th overall. ... Bando played her last game at Matthew Knight Arena. ...
Oregon governor Kate Brown was at the game.
The Ducks will travel north to Spokane to face the winner of Monday's game
between third-seeded Ohio State and No. 11 Central Michigan in Columbus, Ohio.
The Buckeyes beat George Washington 87-45 on Saturday, after Central Michigan
upset No. 6 LSU 78-69.