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Forward Lauren Yearwood to transfer from Oregon

Oregon Ducks forward Lauren Yearwood has been granted a release to transfer after two years with the program, head coach Kelly Graves confirmed on Wednesday. Yearwood said her decision boiled down to more playing time and what was “best for me and my basketball career.” “It was a very difficult decision,” Yearwood …

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After two ACL injuries, Megan Trinder opts to step away from college basketball

Saturday’s Oregon women’s basketball year-end banquet made Megan Trinder pause. After team trainer Tori Noda called her post-surgery infection life-threatening, Trinder realized just how much she’s overcome in two years. Trinder tore her ACL before the 2015-16 season. She tore the same ACL during the 16-17 season, and an infection hospitalized her after the second surgery. “That’s …

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Nyara Sabally, sister of Oregon signee Satou, verbally commits to Ducks program

Germany native Nyara Sabally, Oregon 2017 signee Satou Sabally’s younger sister, has verbally committed to play for the Ducks, Satou shared on Instagram. Nyara is Oregon’s first commitment in the 2018 class. She was born in Bandon, Oregon, while her mom was still living in the United States. And like her …

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Australian recruit Anneli Maley signs with Oregon: ‘Everyone’s unified and together’

A while back, Australian recruit Anneli Maley decided she would hone in on a program’s coaching staff rather than flashy facilities or jerseys. Turns out, that made Oregon the No. 1 choice for Maley, who signed with the Ducks on Wednesday, joining a three-international recruit freshman class. “I tried to …

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Nicole Powell leaving Eugene to head Grand Canyon University’s women’s hoops program

Nicole Powell is returning home to Arizona where her basketball career began. On Tuesday, Grand Canyon University announced is hiring of Powell, who spent three years on Oregon head coach Kelly Graves’ staff. GCU marks Powell’s first head coaching job. “Nicole is one of the brightest young coaching stars in …

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Kelly Graves earns contract extension after March Madness run

Kelly Graves will sport green and yellow for many years to come. On Thursday, Oregon announced that Graves signed a new six-year, $4.125 million contract that will keep him in Eugene through the 2022-23 season. He will earn $625,000 in contract year one and his salary will increase by $25,000 each year, …

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UConn dispatches Oregon 90-52 to end NCAA Tournament run

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Inside the Oregon locker room on Monday night, Sabrina Ionescu grabbed food. Lexi Bando talked next season, her senior year. And Jacinta Vandenberg reflected on her Duck legacy. Most of all, players dished on what’s to come for the Ducks, who return 100 percent of their NCAA Tournament points and rebounds next …

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Ducks know exactly what lies ahead in Elite Eight matchup with UConn

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — You don’t have to detail UConn’s dominance to the Oregon women’s hoops team — not the wins, streaks or NCAA titles. Growing up, many of them watched nationally televised UConn games. Others, like Sabrina Ionescu, even caught the recruiting eye of coach Geno Auriemma. But now they’re opposite the nation’s …

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Mar’Shay Moore soaking up NCAA Tournament run, including a call with her dad

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Oregon’s historic postseason run has brought in fans — not to mention an influx of Twitter followers — in recent weeks. But there’s a pocket of unlikely fans at Stafford Creek Correctional Facility in Aberdeen, Washington, that means the world to Oregon guard Mar’Shay Moore. There, her father Maurice, …

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Ducks stun No. 3-seeded Maryland 77-63 to advance to Elite Eight

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Another ranked opponent yielded another midcourt March Madness celebration for the Ducks. The determined Ducks flew into each other’s arms at center court while No. 3-seeded Maryland could only look on in disbelief. Seconds after Oregon upended Maryland 77-63, it was the Ducks’ moment to celebrate. Once again. But …

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Watch: Oregon press conference after Ducks storm past Maryland to advance to Elite Eight

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Oregon’s March Madness journey continues to roll along. The Ducks, a No. 10 seed, are the lowest-seeded team left standing in the NCAA Tournament after a 77-63 win over No. 3 Maryland on Saturday. Oregon advances to the Elite Eight where No. 1-ranked UConn awaits in the …

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Ducks look to slow down Maryland’s high-octane offense in Sweet 16 tilt

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The travel-savvy Ducks have finally landed in the Sweet 16. By the time Oregon returns to Eugene next week, the team will have logged 11,652 miles — certainly more than any team participating in the NCAA Tournament. No need a calculator for that. But before then, they hope to …

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Sweet 16 notebook: Ionescu and Slocum to square off, Maryland fans shut out of ticket allotment

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Oregon’s Sweet 16 practice on Webster Bank Arena’s court is in the books. The Ducks were the second of four teams to practice in the lead up to the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance. Oregon meets No. 3-seeded Maryland on Saturday morning (8:36 a.m. PT, ESPN) in what …

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Oregon’s Oti Gildon getting valuable NCAA Tournament minutes off the bench

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The Ducks count on Oti Gildon to bring an edge to the court, whether that’s off the bench or in the pre-game huddle. Coaches praise the 6-foot-1 sophmore for her ability to adapt to a variety of positions on the court. She’s averaged 13 minutes off the bench in Oregon’s last …

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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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