It started slowly but, after an even first period, the Ducks inexorably pulled away from the Terrapins. The freshmen played just like everyone said they were playing – NOT like freshmen – and Kelly Graves’ #10 Oregon team recorded its third upset of the Tournament, 77-63, becoming just the third double-digit seed to make the Elite Eight.
“We’re just excited about everything,” Ionescu said. “None of our kids have experienced anything like this. So, I think we’re just excited to advance and be able play another day and see where that takes us.”
Oregon women on way to Elite Eight after upset of Maryland
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Ducks women’s basketball coach delivers intense postgame victory speech
The third-seeded Maryland women’s basketballteam almost always had been able to lean on Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones during the most meaningful moments this season. Uncharacteristically, the senior duo was not up to the task in a 77-63 loss to No. 10 seed Oregon on Saturday, bouncing the Terrapins from the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.
Ivey Slaughter stands corrected. And she will probably continue to stand there for the next couple of days.
Sitting in front of a microphone after her game-changing performance Saturday in the Sweet 16 against Oregon State — an 11-point, eight-rebound, nine-steal effort that led the Seminoles to a 66-53 comeback win over the Beavers at Stockton Arena — she tried to demur.
The senior forward tried to say that she isn’t the best defensive player on the Florida State team. But teammate Leticia Romero and coach Sue Semrau weren’t having it, and they cut her off before she could finish her thought.
Oregon State’s Sweet 16 loss to Florida State cuts short stellar season
Don’t let the score fool ya – UCLA v. UConn was a dogfight, especially in the second half. Close’s team has learned from their previous NCAA experiences, and there’s no doubt that the program is on the move up.
“We like to say that, you know, to play with us, it’s a marathon; it’s not a sprint,” said Gabby Williams, who had 17 points and 9 rebounds for UConn. “They came out hard. They came out aggressive. But there was 37 minutes left to play.”
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110 in a row for U-Conn. women’s basketball, and a record 112 for Geno Auriemma
UConn beats UCLA 86-71 to advance to regional final in Bridgeport
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Saniya Chong fell hard after a rattling foul late in Connecticut’s 86-71 victory over U.C.L.A. on Saturday. She made two free throws, then soon jogged to the sideline. She rinsed a small cut on her lip with a swig of water and spit into a cup, as if the game were being played by rounds instead of quarters.
After rolling through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, UCLA’s (25-9) season ends after making consecutive trips to a regional semifinal for the first time in program history.
“I don’t want it to end,” UCLA Coach Cori Close said after the game as her voice cracked and tears welled in her eyes. “I thought they fought their guts out.”
“It doesn’t matter what name is on the jersey, we come out to play. Obviously they had a good run, but we’ve still got a mission to complete, and that’s to make it to the Final Four and national championship,” Allisha Gray declared.
“I second that,” Davis followed.
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Quinnipiac women’s NCAA Tournament run helps school reach new heights
As these things go, tears tend to fall. There was no shortage of that from Martucci.
“You’re going to make me … water-works over here … Indescribable, life-changing, the best years of my life,” Martucci said in talking about her experience at Quinnipiac and her voice cracking. “I’m just so proud to be a Bobcat and to be a part of this family. It’s really hard to describe my five years here because it’s been so amazing and just the growth that I’ve witnessed with our program and within myself, it’s life-changing.”
1-2, 1-2, Testing the 1-2s…
#1 Notre Dame v. #2 Stanford, 12:06
“I think the NCAA committee just really likes this matchup,” Stanford’s Erica McCall said. “They want to see it time and time again. So it means it must be pretty iconic.”
That sounded at least a little tongue in cheek, but she’s right.
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#1 Baylor v. # Mississippi State, 7:36
Victoria Vivians led Mississippi State in scoring average this season, while Baylor’s Alexis Jones was second on her team in that statistic. But when Sunday’s Elite Eight game begins at Cheasapeake Energy Arena, both guards could be on the bench. Or … neither could. Both might make a huge difference. Or … neither could.
Baylor hoping to get back to Final Four with win over Mississippi State
Mississippi State, Baylor battle for Women’s Final Four berth Sunday
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Mississippi State’s success all about conditioning
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BTW: Yes, we see you, Michigan Women’s Basketball going to the WNIT semis, notching your 26th win of the season.
A few weeks ago between games at the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament at Key Arena, I popped into the bathroom and witnessed a scene that perfectly encapsulates women’s basketball on the West Ccoast right now.
At the sink, a young mother washed her hands while her toddler daughter, who looked to be 3 or 4, dribbled a small basketball underneath the paper towel dispenser. “Look mama!” she said. “I’m dribbling! I’m dribbling like Kelsey, I’m dribbling!”