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oregon's sabrina ionesco sweeps pac-12 women's awards


oregon freshman sabrina ionescu, last year’s national high school player of the year from walnut creek, on monday became just the second woman in pac-12 history to be win both player of the week and freshman of the week awards at the same time.ionescu broke the ducks’ school record with her fourth career triple-double in oregon’s 84-75 upset win over no. 15 ucla on friday. the 5-foot-10 point guard from miramonte high had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the bruins. she is second in triple-doubles in conference history, just two behind stanford’s nicole powell in the record books.ionescu followed that up by scoring 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 73-50 win over usc on sunday.she averages 13.9 points per game for the ducks, who are 7-7 in conference






freshmen lead 10th-seeded oregon to 77-63 upset of maryland


bridgeport, conn. — sabrina ionescu led five oregon players in double figures with 21 points and the tenth-seeded ducks continued their improbable run through the ncaa tournament with a 77-63 upset win over third-seeded maryland.fellow freshman ruthy hebard added 16 points for the ducks (23-13), who beat second-seeded duke in the second round and advance to the first regional final in program history.brionna jones and shatori walker-kimbrough each had 16 points for maryland, which finishes the season at 32-3.the maryland offense, which averages more than 90 points a game to lead the nation, was held to its lowest point total this seasonoregon coach kelly graves said before the game that his young team that starts three freshmen may not know it is not supposed to be winning. the ducks becam






oregon upsets duke 74-65, advances to 1st women's sweet 16


durham, n.c. — ruthy hebard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and oregon earned its first sweet 16 berth by upsetting duke 74-65 on monday night in the second round of the ncaa tournament.maite cazorla added 17 points and lexi bando finished with 14 points to help oregon (22-13) become the first no. 10 seed in a decade to reach the round of 16.the ducks, in their first tournament since 2005, had never advanced past the second round in their 12 previous appearances. now they're on to bridgeport, connecticut, to take on third-seeded maryland (32-2) in a regional semifinal.lexie brown scored 25 points for the second-seeded blue devils (28-6), who have been upset at home in the tournament's second round twice since 2014. they played without guard kyra lambert, who tore her left anterior cruciate






ionescu's fts lift oregon women past no. 11 washington 70-69


seattle — sabrina ionescu hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to give oregon a 70-69 upset victory over 11th-ranked washington in a pac-12 conference tournament quarterfinal on friday night.washington's kelsey plum, the all-time ncaa scoring leader, attempted a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, but the shot was partially blocked by ruthy hebard.sixth-seeded oregon (20-12) advances to saturday's semifinal against second-seeded and no. 10-ranked stanford (26-5), which rolled past washington state 66-36.plum, who entered with a nation-best 31.6 point average, finished with 34 points to push her career total to 3,431, but missed her last seven shots. chantel osahor, the nation's leading rebounder, added 12 points and a game-high 27 rebounds for the third-seeded huskies (27






hebard lifts oregon past temple 71-70 in women's 1st round


durham, n.c. — ruthy hebard hit the biggest shot of the year for oregon — then got her hand on the final shot of temple's season."i was kidding ruthy, this might be the best 5 seconds of her life," ducks coach kelly graves said.hebard hit a jumper with 5.5 seconds remaining, then blocked the owls' layup at the buzzer to preserve oregon's 71-70 victory on saturday night in the first round of the ncaa tournament.she finished with 23 points and sabrina ionescu added 16 points to help the 10th-seeded ducks (21-13) win a wild game that had three lead changes in the final 30 seconds and advance to monday night's second-round matchup with second-seeded duke.alliya butts scored 28 points and feyonda fitzgerald added 16 for the seventh-seeded owls (24-8), in the tournament for the first time since






drake women's 22-game winning streak comes to end


durham, n.c. – ruthy hebard hit the biggest shot of the year for oregon — then got her hand on the final shot of temple's season."i was kidding ruthy, this might be the best five seconds of her life," ducks coach kelly graves said.hebard hit a jumper with 5.5 seconds remaining, then blocked the owls' layup at the buzzer to preserve oregon's 71-70 victory on saturday night in the first round of the ncaa tournament.she finished with 23 points and sabrina ionescu added 16 points to help the 10th-seeded ducks (21-13) win a wild game that had three lead changes in the final 30 seconds.alliya butts scored 28 points and feyonda fitzgerald added 16 for the seventh-seeded owls (24-8). fitzgerald put temple up 70-69 with a jumper with 14.3 seconds left.oregon called a timeout and dialed up a play th






[no. 10 oklahoma beats oregon in pk80 invitational


eugene, ore. — where oregon's shooters saw a rain barrel, oklahoma's found a tea cup.that's why the ducks' 3-pointers went splash and the sooners' often gave off a clank.sabrina ionescu scored 28 points and ruthy hebard had 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead no. 10 oregon to a 92-74 victory over oklahoma at the pk80 invitational on saturday.ionescu had 18 points in the second half and finished one off her career high for the ducks (5-1) to go with seven rebounds, six assists and no turnovers. maite cazorla added 11 points.oregon had a 25-18 edge in bench points as satou sabally had 13 and justine hall 10.vionise pierre-louis led the sooners (3-2) with 32 points and 13 rebounds, but oklahoma was hampered by a 1-for-21 effort from 3-point range. maddie manning added 17 points and ana llanusa






no. 8 stanford women beat oregon 65-59


eugene, ore. — eighth-ranked stanford got a morale boost heading into the pac-12 tournament.erica mccall had 16 points and 14 rebounds and the cardinal rebounded from a loss at no. 10 oregon state with a 65-59 victory over oregon on sunday.stanford (25-5, 15-3 pac-12) wrapped up the no. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the conference tournament that starts thursday in seattle. karlie samuelson added 18 points for the cardinal, who led by as many as 13 points."i'm really proud of how my team came out," mccall said about the bounce-back victory. "we executed well, hit some really big shots and rebounded well, so it was a good game for us going into the tournament."sabrina ionescu had 18 points and seven rebounds for oregon (18-11, 8-9) which lost its third straight. lexi bando's 3-pointer pul






erica mccall leads no. 10 stanford past oregon 71-56


seattle — erica mccall had 17 points and 15 rebounds and no. 10 stanford ended oregon's run in the pac-12 tournament with a 71-56 win in the semifinals on saturday night.the cardinal, the no. 2 seed in the tournament, will face top-seeded oregon state in the championship game on sunday night. it will be stanford's 14th appearance in the tournament title game, having won 11 titles.mccall was dominant on the interior in the second half as oregon started to show signs of fatigue after having to play an opening-round game, then upsetting no. 11 washington in the quarterfinals on friday. mccall had 11 points and 11 rebounds after halftime, including five straight points midway through the fourth quarter as the cardinal (27-5) finally pulled away.pac-12 freshman of the year sabrina ionescu and m






college basketball: ucla women upset by oregon; usc upends oregon state


lexi bando scored a season-high 25 points, including five three-pointers, sabrina ionescu had her fourth triple-double of the season and oregon beat no. 15 ucla, 84-74, on friday night in eugene. ionescu, a 5-foot-10 freshman, finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. ruthy hebard, also a freshman, scored 15 and grabbed 10 boards for her ninth double-double of the season and maite cazorla had 13 points. hebard's layup opened the scoring and the ducks (16-9, 6-7 pac 12) never trailed. ucla's monique billings hit two free throws to make it 4-all, but the bruins went without a field goal for nearly four minutes and bando scored oregon's final seven points during a 10-1 run to make it 14-5 midway through the quarter.hebard scored six during a 12-4 run that gave the ducks a 15-point






stanford women beat oregon to reach pac-12 tournament final


seattle — erica mccall had 17 points and 15 rebounds and no. 10 stanford ended oregon’s run in the pac-12 tournament with a 71-56 win in the semifinals on saturday night.the cardinal, the no. 2 seed in the tournament, will face top-seeded oregon state in the championship game on sunday night. it will be stanford’s 14th appearance in the tournament title game, having won 11 titles.mccall was dominant on the interior in the second half as oregon started to show signs of fatigue after having to play an opening-round game, then upsetting no. 11 washington in the quarterfinals on friday. mccall had 11 points and 11 rebounds after halftime, including five straight points midway through the fourth quarter as the cardinal (27-5) finally pulled away.pac-12 freshman of the year sabrina ionescu and m






no. 23 arizona state women edge washington state


sophie brunner’s put-back gave no. 23 arizona state the lead and sabrina haines added four points in the final 1:10 to lift the sun devils to a 61-58 victory over washington state in pac-12 women’s basketball.pullman – sophie brunner’s put-back gave no. 23 arizona state the lead and sabrina haines added four points in the final 1:10 to lift the sun devils to a 61-58 victory over washington state in a women’s basketball game friday night.after haines scored on a floater for arizona state (16-8 overall, 7-6 pac-12), maria kostourkova made two free throws for wsu’s only points in the final 4½ minutes before haines responded with two free throws. the cougars (10-14, 5-8) had a couple of chances to tie in the final seconds, but missed twice from outside.haines scored a season-high 17 points. qu






wiese gives no. 11 oregon st women 12th straight over oregon


corvallis, ore. — sydney wiese scored 23 points and no. 11 oregon state made its last seven s s to close the game with a 15-4 run to defeat rival oregon 67-60 for the second time in three days on sunday, and the 13th straight time overall.wiese, who made just 1 of 4 3-pointers through three quarters, made 3 of 4 behind the arc in the fourth, scoring 11 points and surp ing 1,600 for her career.tied at 44 entering the final quarter, the ducks built a six-point lead. wiese's second 3 started the deciding run and her layup with 2:25 left put the beavers up for good. after an oregon miss, her 3 made it 62-58 at 1:36. kolbie orum followed with a layup and breanna brown, a 59 percent free-throw shooter, made a pair at 39 seconds for a 66-58 lead.brown finished with 16 points, hitting 6 of 8 free






haley smith’s double-double leads colorado buffaloes women’s basketball past ore


boulder — haley smith made senior day memorable, turning in a double-double, scoring her 1,000th career point and leading colorado to a 76-66 victory over oregon sunday afternoon.the senior scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and got the buffaloes off to a fast start by drilling a deep 3-pointer to give colorado a quick 6-0 lead they never relinquished, taking a 25-8 lead after one quarter.alexis robinson finished with 14 points and makenzie ellis and kennedy leonard each contributed 13 points. leonard also grabbed 10 boards.colorado (15-12, 5-11) hit 50 percent from the field (28 of 56), including 7 of 19 from deep.oregon (18-10, 8-8) had its three-game win streak snapped as well as its three-game win streak against colorado.ruthy hebard had 24 points for the ducks. sabrina ionescu cont






haley smith’s double-double leads colorado buffaloes women’s basketball past ore


boulder — haley smith made senior day memorable, turning in a double-double, scoring her 1,000th career point and leading colorado to a 76-66 victory over oregon sunday afternoon.the senior scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and got the buffaloes off to a fast start by drilling a deep 3-pointer to give colorado a quick 6-0 lead they never relinquished, taking a 25-8 lead after one quarter.alexis robinson finished with 14 points and makenzie ellis and kennedy leonard each contributed 13 points. leonard also grabbed 10 boards.colorado (15-12, 5-11) hit 50 percent from the field (28 of 56), including 7 of 19 from deep.oregon ( 18-10, 8-8) had its three-game win streak snapped as well as its three-game win streak against colorado.ruthy hebard had 24 points for the ducks. sabrina ionescu con






bruner, no. 23 arizona state women turn back oregon 68-63


tempe, ariz. — sophie bruner scored 17 points and no. 23 arizona state used a 7-0 surge in the middle of the fourth quarter to end a four-game losing streak with a 68-63 win over oregon on sunday.sabrina haines started the run with a 3-pointer at the 6:13 mark, putting the sun devils up 57-55. it was the 14th lead change to go with 12 ties. bruner made a jumper and quinn dornstauder, who struggled with her s all day, had a layup that made it 61-55 with 3:45 to go.ruthy hebard ended the ducks' 5½-minute drought with 1:36 to go but haines drilled another 3, the sun devils' season-high-matching seventh, at 36 seconds. after a 3 from oregon's morgan yaeger, who had nine of her 11 points in the fourth quarter, asu made four free throws in the final 20 seconds.haines hit 4 of 5 from distance and






erica mccall leads no. 10 stanford past oregon 71-56


seattle — no. 10 stanford's experience wore out the youth and energy of upstart oregon in the pac-12 tournament semifinals.the reward is a shot at some payback against no. 6 oregon state.erica mccall had 17 points and 15 rebounds and stanford ended oregon's run in the pac-12 tournament with a 71-56 win on saturday night.the cardinal, the no. 2 seed in the tournament, will face top-seeded oregon state in the championship game on sunday night after the beavers swept stanford in the regular season. it will be stanford's 14th appearance in the tournament title game, having won 11 championships."the fact we've been in tough games where we've been down helped to boost us, especially in the second half," mccall said. "i'm really just proud of how my whole team reacted to us being down."mccall was






oregon knocks washington women out of pac-12 tournament


no. 6 seed oregon eliminated the no. 3 washington women’s basketball team 70-69 on friday night in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.sabrina ionescu drained a pair of free throws with 6.4 seconds left that proved to be difference as no. 6 seed oregon eliminated the no. 3 washington women’s basketball team 70-69 on friday night in the pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.kelsey plum, the nation’s scoring leader, tallied 34 points and had a chance to answer with a game winner.however, the huskies had just 3.9 seconds to run a play and plum ran into two oregon defenders at the top of the key. she managed to get off a shot, but it fell way short of the rim as time expired.ducks reserves ran on the floor and danced at midcourt, celebrating the first upset in a tournament in which the higher seed h






sabally scores 22 points, no. 10 oregon routs weber state


eugene, ore. — oregon's kelly graves felt as if his team had just won a playground game of horse.watching two teams shoot a combined 34 of 67 from 3-point range will do that to a coach."i've got players who can't shoot that percentage in layup line in warmups," graves said. "that's crazy, and it was just one of those nights."satou sabally scored 22 points and sabrina ionescu had 21 points and a career-high 14 assists to help no. 10 oregon rout weber state 114-87 on saturday.sabally, a 6-foot-4 german freshman making her first start, was 8 of 11 from the field and made three 3-pointers for the ducks (7-1). oregon has won four straight.the teams were nearly even from beyond the arc, with oregon hitting 17 of 33 and the wildcats (5-2) making 17 of 34. by halftime, 38 of the 69 field-goal atte






drake women go undefeated in the missouri valley


no. 22 drake beat wichita state 105-89 on saturday in des moines to become the first team to go undefeated in the missouri valley conference regular season.lizzy wendell scored 25 points for the bulldogs (25-4, 18-0), who have won 19 in a row. drake made a school-record 19 three-pointerss.no. 1 uconn 105, tulsa 57: the huskies (30-0) won their 105th consecutive game and moved into the semifinals of the american athletic conference tournament in uncasville, conn.no. 6 mississippi state 66, texas a&m 50: the bulldogs won their program-record 29th game of the season, beating the aggies to reach the sec tournament final for the second straight season. they'll fact two-time defending champion south carolina.no. 13 duke 57, no. 16 miami 52: the blue devils (27-4) won their 10th straight game and






hebard lifts oregon past temple 71-70 in women's 1st round


durham, n.c. — ruthy hebard hit a jumper with 5.5 seconds remaining to lift oregon past temple 71-70 on saturday night in the first round of the ncaa tournament.hebard finished with 23 points and sabrina ionescu added 16 points to help the 10th-seeded ducks (21-13) win a wild game that had three lead changes in the final 30 seconds and advance to monday night's second round.alliya butts scored 28 points and feyonda fitzgerald added 16 for the seventh-seeded owls (24-8). fitzgerald put temple up 70-69 with a jumper with 14.3 seconds remaining.oregon called a timeout and worked the ball in to hebard, who hit the go-ahead jumper from the edge of the lane.fitzgerald then raced coast-to-coast but hebard got a piece of her last-gasp layup attempt at the buzzer.mallory mcgwire finished with 13 po






ncaa women's tournament: oregon knocks off no. 3-seeded maryland


sabrina ionescu led five oregon players in double figures with 21 points and the 10th-seeded ducks continued their improbable run through the ncaa women’s tournament on saturday with a 77-63 upset victory over third-seeded maryland in the bridgeport regional.fellow freshman ruthy hebard added 16 points for the ducks (23-13), who beat second-seeded duke in the second round and won again in bridgeport, conn., to advance to the first regional final in program history. brionna jones and shatori walker-kimbrough each had 16 points for maryland, which finished the season at 32-3. the maryland offense, which averages more than 90 points a game to lead the nation, was held to its lowest scoring total this season. the ducks became the second no. 10 seed to advance to a women’s regional final, joini






pac-12 basketball: ucla women lose to oregon state


kobie orum and mikayla pivec each scored 12 points and no. 9 oregon state rebounded from a loss to unranked usc on friday with a 68-61 victory over no. 15 ucla on sunday in corvallis, ore. sydney wiese had 10 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for oregon state (23-3, 12-2 pac-12). with her second assist of the game, wiese set the school record for career assists, moving past leilani estavan's 577 for the beavers. kennedy burke had 18 points and monique billings added 17 for ucla (18-7, 9-5), which was hurt when it lost top scorer jordin canada to injury late in the first half. after a close three quarters, oregon state pushed its lead to 56-48 on gabriella hanson's three-pointer. breanna brown's layup kept the beavers out front 59-50 with 3:10 left. pivec's three-pointer made it 62-50 an






washington state women lose to last-place arizona


labrittney jones scored 22 points and tied her career best with 15 rebounds, and arizona beat washington state 70-62 to snap a seven-game losing streak. the cougars failed to protect a 15-point first-quarter lead.pullman – labrittney jones scored 22 points and tied her career best with 15 rebounds, malena washington added 21 points and arizona beat washington state 70-62 on sunday to snap a seven-game losing streak.wsu (10-15 overall, 5-9 pac-12) led 20-5 late in the first quarter, but it wasn’t enough.a 7-0 cougars run capped by a pinelopi pavlopoulou three-pointer cut arizona’s lead to 58-57. but the last-place wildcats (12-13, 3-11) responded with a 10-0 burst, the final eight points scored by jones, to lead 68-59 with 26 seconds left.arizona took the lead for good with a 7-3 run at the






romanian speaker charged with lying can go on trial


bucharest, romania (ap) — a romanian court ruled friday that the speaker of the senate, accused of making false statements in a property fraud case, can go on trial. the news e as thousands of romanians protested in bucharest for the 11th straight day over government efforts to ease penalties for corrupt officials.the high court of c ation and justice rejected an appeal by speaker calin popescu tariceanu, who argued there were insufficient grounds for his trial. no date was set for the trial to begin.last year, prosecutors charged tariceanu with making false statements under oath and hampering the investigation into a suspected fraudulent land restitution case. he had denied knowledge of connections between a romanian prince and a politically connected businessman and others.romania has se






washington state women win at utah


pinelopi pavlopoulou scored 14 points, alexys swedlund added 13 and the washington state women’s basketball team defeated host utah 61-55.salt lake city – pinelopi pavlopoulou scored 14 points, alexys swedlund added 13 and the washington state women’s basketball team defeated utah 61-55 on sunday.the cougars (10-13 overall, 5-7 pac-12), coming off a 70-58 loss at colorado where they blew a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, saw a 13-point lead with 7½ minutes left shrink to two with 1:47 to go on a three-pointer by utah’s malia nawahine. but the cougars made four free throws and utah (14-9, 3-9) didn’t score again. wsu started the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run — with seven points from swedlund — to take a 54-41 lead.the cougars forced utah to miss four s s in the final minute.most read sto