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Oregon alums say NCAA Tournament run has brought them together

Oregon’s historical run to the Sweet 16 has energized and connected the program’s former players. On Facebook, Snapchat and other social media platforms, Duck greats like Jillian Alleyne and Bev Smith have seen positive messages of support and enthusiasm. It makes sense — the Ducks are Sweet 16-bound for the first time …

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Mark Campbell dishes on ‘Winner Stays’ postgame shirt celebration

Oregon associate head coach Mark Campbell has started a new March tradition. After Oregon’s upset wins over Temple and Duke in Durham over the weekend, Campbell celebrated in a unique way in the locker room. The two subsequent videos have gotten plenty of traction on social media as well. Over …

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Ducks upset No. 2 Duke 74-65 to punch ticket to program’s first Sweet 16

Before Oregon squared off against Duke, Oregon head coach Kelly Graves told his team they could be dangerous — given that they have nothing to lose. His young squad proved him right. “We just came out and played our hearts out,” Lexi Bando said. “We said we have nothing to …

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Hebard’s late bucket lifts Ducks over Temple, 71-70, in NCAA Tournament first round

Ruthy Hebard has made high-percentage shots her trademark. And she did it again on Saturday — on the biggest stage of the season, no less. Hebard drained a jumper with 5.5 seconds left then got a hand on Temple’s final shot of the game to power the Ducks to a 71-70 win over No. …

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March Madness finally here for Oregon women’s basketball

Oregon’s first taste of March Madness since 2005 is finally hours — not days — away. The Ducks, seeded No. 10 in the NCAA Tournament, square off against No. 7 Temple in Durham, North Carolina, later this afternoon (3:30 p.m., ESPN2). Oregon departed Eugene on Thursday and has had time to …

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Bracket history: In first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005, Ducks earn No. 10 seed

The Ducks are once again dancing in the NCAA Tournament. Oregon earned a No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 Temple (24-7) in Durham, North Carolina, on Saturday. The winner goes against either No. 2 Duke or No. 15 Hampton in the Round of 32. “It’s such a big deal,” freshman …

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Sabrina Ionescu tabbed national freshman of the year by espnW

The honors continue to roll in for Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu. On Thursday morning, espnW named Ionescu its national freshman of the year. Shortly after the regular season concluded, Pac-12 coaches and media voted her freshman of the year. The Walnut Creek, California, native has guided the Ducks to what will …

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After talk with ESPN’s Charlie Creme, Kelly Graves feels confident for NCAA Tournament bid

Oregon head coach Kelly Graves tracked down longtime ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme by phone on Sunday and posed a simple question: Should the Ducks put together a celebration seeding party? Or do something private? Creme’s answer was unequivocal. “He told me, in his opinion, we could do a big party,” Graves …

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Oregon’s run in Pac-12 Tournament ends in 71-56 loss to No. 10 Stanford

SEATTLE — The Ducks touched down in Seattle for the Pac-12 Tournament looking for a win or two to cement an NCAA Tournament bid. Though projections didn’t have them on the bubble, they could put all doubts to rest with a solid showing. On Sunday morning, the Ducks will board a bus back to Seattle with …

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Pac-12 Tournament: Ducks hold on to upset No. 11 Washington, 70-69

SEATTLE — Sabrina Ionescu was just a few seconds late to Oregon’s midcourt celebration. While her teammates and coaches mobbed together at center court, Ionescu came flying in from the baseline. Head coach Kelly Graves joked, “You’re late to the party.” “I think I’ve done that about five times, to …

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Ducks and Huskies get rivalry game in Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals

SEATTLE — Neither Washington coach Mike Neighbors nor Oregon coach Kelly Graves were fans of the Pac-12’s scheduling rotation the last two years. The two rivals played each other once per season: Oregon traveled to Washington last year. The Huskies visited Eugene earlier this season. Graves and Neighbors argued that maintaining the “regional …

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Pac-12 Tournament: Ducks rally for win over Arizona, 70-63

SEATTLE — Kelly Graves and the Ducks finally can lay claim to a Pac-12 Tournament win. The No. 6 Ducks rallied and gritted out a 70-63 win over No. 11 Arizona on Thursday night for the program’s first Pac-12 Tournament win since 2008. Oregon’s talented corps of freshmen, playing in …

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Ducks open Pac-12 Tournament with rematch of No. 11-seeded Arizona

Kelly Graves’ Ducks will see Arizona once again in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament. But compared to last year, the Ducks are in much better position for a first-round win. Last March, the Ducks were regrouping from the loss of All-American Jillian Alleyne and looking to re-establish themselves. Arizona, …

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Hebard, Ionescu both with shot at Pac-12 freshman of the year award

This week, media and coaches will cast their ballots for end-of-the-season awards. Among those honors is the freshman of the year award, given annually to the Pac-12’s top newcomer. Both Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu have made strong impressions in 2016-17. And both likely have a shot at earning recognition. The last Oregon …

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Oregon can’t complete comeback in 65-59 loss to No. 8 Stanford

The Oregon women’s basketball team gave its last performance at Mathew Knight Arena for the 2016-17 season. What looked like a runaway victory for No. 8 Stanford became a close game after the Ducks fought back, but fell just short. Stanford, by hitting late free throws, defeated Oregon 65-59 on Sunday, …

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Ducks end regular season with three consecutive losses, but feel confident for Pac-12 Tournament

The Ducks capped their regular season with a 65-59 loss to No. 8 Stanford on Sunday, but remain confident in their abilities heading to the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday. Oregon finished the regular season 18-12, 8-10 Pac-12, good enough for the No. 6 seed. The Ducks were the No. 6 …

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Ducks to honor Vandenberg, Moore and Trinder during senior day festivities

All three of Oregon’s senior day honorees transferred to Eugene. Jacinta Vandenberg came by way of Fresno State, Mar’Shay Moore moved from Blue Mountain Community College and Megan Trinder completed her time at Northeast Community College. The three make up head coach Kelly Graves’ first senior class that was recruited exclusively …

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Ducks drop second consecutive game in 55-49 loss to Cal

Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb saw the now-famous shot of Sabrina Ionescu’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer pop up again and again on social media this week. That was because Ionescu’s shot drew comparisons to Dillon Brooks’ game-winner at Cal on Wednesday. Her players saw it, too. “We played off it,” Gottlieb said. “We played …

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Buffs snap Oregon’s three-game win streak with 76-66 win

Oregon’s three-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday when Colorado upended the Ducks 76-66 at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. Ruthy Hebard paced the Ducks with 24 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 16 points and Mallory McGwire finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Colorado had …

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Ducks’ balanced attack leads to 73-61 win over Utah

For the first time this season, the Ducks have a winning record in conference play. Against Utah, the Ducks led 34-19 with 2:33 remaining in the first half but couldn’t put the game out of reach. The Ducks had to grind it out before pulling away in the fourth quarter for a …

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‘The Scoop’ chronicles life for Oregon women’s basketball

The Ducks are on the verge of making program history — their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005. And one day, they’ll have plenty of behind-the-scenes footage to recall all the biggest moments. Oregon video has adopted its documentary series to follow the Ducks’ 2016-17 campaign. Last year, softball was the featured team in …

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Sabrina Ionescu sweeps Pac-12 weekly honors for first time since 2012

Sabrina Ionescu made Oregon career history on Friday with her fourth triple-double. Then, on Monday, she became the second player in Pac-12 history to sweep the conference’s two weekly awards — freshman of the week and player of the week. UCLA’s Nirra Fields last did it in 2012. The announcement caps …

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Oregon women’s basketball rolls past USC, climbs to .500 in conference play

Oregon and USC both came into Sunday afternoon’s matchup looking to pull off the unlikely weekend sweep. But it was the Ducks who had the first punch. “I loved our energy, especially defensively, and we had a lot of different contributors,” said head coach Kelly Graves. “Our kids played well.” …

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Megan Trinder on Ducks’ minds after follow up hospitalization

UPDATE: Feb. 15 — Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said Trinder returned home from the hospital on Tuesday. “She’s a warrior,” Graves said Wednesday. “It’s too bad that she’s going through what she’s going through. But she’s got her teammates around her. I know everybody knows that Dylan [Ennis] is a …

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Lexi Bando paces Ducks to upset of No. 15 UCLA, 84-75

Lexi Bando puts opposing teams on notice when she’s hot from 3-point range. Just ask UCLA, which cut the Oregon lead to six points during the fourth quarter on Friday, only to have Bando score eight straight points. She didn’t score in last month’s meeting, but Bando delivered a 25-point performance on …

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For Oregon Ducks, Morgan Yaeger’s playmaking ability coming at just the right time

The Oregon Ducks have plenty of talent on their roster. From McDonald’s All-Americans to top-20 recruits, savvy players have single handedly powered the Ducks to wins this year. But on occasion, they lack playmakers. That’s where freshman guard Morgan Yaeger steps in. Her ability was on display when the Ducks narrowly lost …

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Ducks see themselves ‘in a position to achieve postseason goals’

As Oregon coach Kelly Graves puts it, the Ducks don’t have to rely on any other Division I teams in order to reach the program’s first NCAA Tournament since 2005. After a weekend road split — a win over Arizona and a loss to No. 23 ASU — the Ducks …

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