March Madness 2019: Oregon makes first trip to Final Four in NCAA Women’s Tournament

first_imgThe Ducks shot 54.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Ionescu made 12 of her 20 3-point attempts including a late three to put Oregon up 81-75.”That was going in regardless. No other way to say it,” she said. “I wanted to finish this game off the right way. We’ve come so far. We played so hard that entire game. I knew it was my time to hit a big-time shot. Ruthy [Hebard] set a great screen, the spacing was great. I think that just shows we’ve been learning from the games we’ve been playing in.”At that moment in time, I didn’t want it to go to overtime. I didn’t want to give them any more opportunities to score. I was also pretty tired. Let me hit this and walk off to the Final Four. “She was named the Portland Regional Most Outstanding Player, and cut down part of the net to a Moda Center crowd cheering, “One more year.”Your Portland Regional Most Outstanding Player @sabrina_i20 cutting down the net as the crowd chants “One More Year!”— Zach Regelin (@ZRegelin) March 31, 2019This was Oregon’s second consecutive Elite Eight appearance after falling to then-No. 1 UConn, 90-52, to end its 2017-18 season.The Bulldogs were led by SEC Player of the Year Teaira McCowan, who scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. The loss ended the Bulldogs’ streak of two consecutive national championship games. The No. 2 Ducks made program history Sunday with their first trip to the Final Four in the NCAA Women’s Tournament.Oregon was led by star guard Sabrina Ionescu, who finished with 31 points. Satou Sabally chipped in 22 points in the 88-84 win over No. 1 Mississippi State. “Oh my gosh,” a speechless Ionescu said after the game. “I dont even know how to feel. I knew this feeling was special but I didn’t think it would be like this.”Ionescu, who is projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, has already had a triple-double in the tournament to join Stanford’s Nicole Powell as the only players in Division I history with multiple triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament. Related News March Madness 2019: Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu says she intentionally missed last shot to secure triple-doublecenter_img The other half of the bracket will be determined tomorrow after the No. 2 Huskies beat the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, 80-73, in another thriller. UConn is making its 12th straight trip to the Final Four.No. 2 Iowa will face No. 1 Baylor on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, and No. 2 Stanford and No. 1 Notre Dame will follow at 9 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN2. March Madness 2019: UConn continues to make women’s tournament history with Elite Eight berthlast_img

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