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Aina Ayuso leaves Oregon, hires an agent and will turn pro

After Anneli Maley departed for TCU on Saturday while Sierra Campisano waits for a transfer after asking for her release, Oregon women’s basketball lost yet another player: freshman Aina Ayuso. Her decision to leave the program was announced on Twitter on April 9, by Regeneracom Sports, which is led by …

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Anneli Maley to transfer to TCU, Sierra Campisano asks for release

After just one season with the Oregon women’s basketball program, freshman Anneli Maley will transfer to TCU, while sophomore forward Sierra Campisano has asked for her release from the program, according to a report from the Register-Guard’s Austin Meek. Both played sparingly in their time at Oregon. Maley appeared in …

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Ionescu, Hebard earn guard and power forward of the year awards

The list of accolades keep coming for sophomores Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 Naismith Starting Five today. Ionescu received the Nancy Lieberman National Point Guard of the Year Award, while Hebard took home the …

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Oregon’s historic season comes to a close in Elite Eight with 84-74 loss to Notre Dame

SPOKANE, Wash. — Oregon head coach Kelly Graves issued a warning twice this weekend that in hindsight proved to be dead on. After their win Friday over Central Michigan, in which the Ducks allowed 22 offensive rebounds, he talked about the importance of rebounding in the next round against the …

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Sabrina Ionescu named to AP All-American first team

For the first time in the Oregon women’s basketball program’s history, a Duck has been selected to the AP’s All-American first team. On Monday, sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu earned that honor. She joined South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson, Louisville’s Asia Durr and Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians as …

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Elite Eight notebook: ND head coach Muffet McGraw lauds Ionescu and Hebard, international Ducks embrace Big Dance

SPOKANE, Wash. — Oregon advanced to its second Elite Eight in program history after defeating No. 11-seeded Central Michigan 83-69 on Saturday. Now, the Ducks (33-4) turn their attention toward No. 1-seeded Notre Dame (32-3), which advanced to the Elite Eight with a 90-84 win over No. 4-seeded Texas A&M. …

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Elite Eight Preview: Oregon confident ahead of first-ever matchup with Notre Dame

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Ducks need just one more win to make it to the Final Four for the first time in program history. To get there, they’ll need to win the Spokane regional final on Monday night, completing another program first in the process: playing perennial national powerhouse Notre …

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Oregon advances to Elite Eight for second time in as many years after 83-69 win over Central Michigan

SPOKANE, Wash. — Two years, two trips to the Elite Eight. This is a trend that Oregon could get used to. For the second time in as many years, the Ducks are Elite Eight bound. They dispatched No. 11-seeded Central Michigan 83-69 Saturday at Spokane Arena Paced by Ruthy Hebard’s …

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Oregon Sweet 16 notes: Ducks arrive a day late, Gildon’s homecoming and more

SPOKANE, Wash. — Oregon’s first day at Spokane Arena wrapped up shortly after shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The two-seeded Ducks will return to the arena Saturday for their Sweet 16 matchup with 11th-seeded Central Michigan (3 p.m. PT on ESPN) for a chance to go to the …

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Preview: Oregon wary of 11-seeded Central Michigan ahead of Saturday’s Sweet 16 matchup

Kelly Graves has fond memories of Spokane. Before coming to Oregon in 2014, Graves spent the previous 14 years coaching Gonzaga and turned the Bulldogs from a basement-dweller to a national contender. In just his fourth year at Oregon, he appears to have the Ducks on a similar trajectory, and …

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Oregon women’s basketball trounces Minnesota 101-73 in second round of NCAA Tournament

With the clock counting down in the first half, Oregon junior guard Maite Cazorla had the ball in hand with her back toward the hoop. She turned away from Minnesota’s Kenisha Bell, turned back around and found Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu open. Ionescu looked at the clock, dropped her …

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Rapid Reaction: Ducks dominate in 101-73 win over Minnesota

After dominating Seattle in round one, the Oregon Ducks drummed the Minnesota Golden Gophers out of the NCAA Tournament with a dominant 101-73 win in round two on Sunday night. Oregon advances to the third round and will play either Central Michigan or Ohio State. Oregon top performers: Sabrina Ionescu: …

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Rapid Reaction: Ducks lead Gophers 51-36 at halftime in NCAA Tournament round two

It’s halftime at Matthew Knight Arena in round two of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Tournament, and the Oregon Ducks are leading the Minnesota Golden Gophers 51-36. Oregon Ducks top performers: Sabrina Ionescu: 22 points, five rebounds, eight assists Ruthy Hebard: 12 points, four assists Satou Sabally: Five points, four rebounds …

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Aina Ayuso’s soccer background gives her ankle-breaking abilities

Oregon freshman Aina Ayuso went viral at the Pac-12 Tournament when she crossed over a defender, sending her into the floor while Ayuso proceeded to drive for a layup. She's a freshman. 😳 pic.twitter.com/MmBbl0VmNL — ESPN (@espn) March 3, 2018 Then, in Oregon’s NCAA Tournament first round game against Seattle …

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Uptempo second round game expected for Oregon women’s basketball on Sunday night

In the fall, Oregon head coach Kelly Graves was in Minnesota recruiting and had some time to kill. Minnesota head coach Marlene Stollings provided him with an opportunity to view one of Minnesota’s practices. As fate would have it, the Oregon Ducks and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will compete at …

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Blowout win gives Oregon’s bench players valuable experience

As one of the most unpredictable events in sports, pre-game preparation can only do so much to ready players for March Madness. In Friday’s 88-45 beatdown of Seattle University, the Ducks didn’t just pick up a dominant first round win at home, the team was also able to give its …

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Oregon beats Seattle 88-45 in first round of NCAA Tournament as Sabrina Ionescu records 10th triple-double

Fans at Matthew Knight Arena began to groan. Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu was boxed out of two rebounds by her own teammates late in the third quarter of the Ducks’ first-round matchup against Seattle in the NCAA Tournament. Ionescu had nine rebounds, 10 assists and 14 points, just one …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon Ducks race by Seattle 88-45, advance to second round of NCAA Tournament

Sabrina Ionescu and her triple-double led the No. 2-seed Oregon Ducks over the No. 15 Seattle Redhawks 88-45 on Friday at Matt Knight Arena. Oregon advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face the No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers on Sunday. Oregon Ducks top performers Sabrina …

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Rapid Reaction: Ducks race out to big lead in first half over the Seattle Redhawks in NCAA Tournament first round

At halftime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Oregon leads Seattle 48-16 at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks got off to a hot start, and by halftime nine different players had minutes. Oregon Ducks top performers: Sabrina Ionescu: 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds Ruthy Hebard: Six points, …

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Preview: Oregon women’s basketball prepares for the Seattle Redhawks

This time last year, 10-seed Oregon women’s basketball was preparing to play seventh-seeded Temple in Durham, North Carolina. Fast forward to now, and the circumstances have flipped. On Friday night, the No. 2 seed Ducks will host the 15-seed Seattle Redhawks on their home court at Matthew Knight Arena. “We’re …

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Oregon women’s basketball selected as No. 2 seed, will host first and second rounds of NCAA Tournament

Last season, Oregon women’s basketball sat down for the NCAA Selection Show, waiting to see who the team would draw, where they’d be seeded and where they’d play. On Monday, the Ducks were confident they’d be hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Matthew Knight Arena. …

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“Triple-double queen” Sabrina Ionescu thrives on competition, looks to tackle Final Four expectations

At Sabrina Ionescu’s first basketball tryout in her hometown of Walnut Creek, California, she was just a middle school student trying to find a place to compete. She didn’t own basketball shoes, but that didn’t stop her from outperforming everyone else in the gym. Ionescu ran past the other players …

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Lexi Bando came to Oregon to build something, now she is a Pac-12 champion

SEATTLE — Eugene native Lexi Bando committed to play for head coach Kelly Graves when he was still in charge of Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington. Then, a job opened up in Eugene and Graves, as well as Bando, made the switch. “I just believed in his vision,” Bando said. “He …

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In Pac-12 championship game, the Ducks’ 24 points off of turnovers were the difference

SEATTLE – In Oregon women’s basketball’s loss to Stanford during the regular season, the Cardinal turned the Ducks’ 15 turnovers into 21 points. On Sunday night, the Ducks flipped the script with 24 points off of the Cardinal’s errors on their way to a 77-57 victory in the Pac-12 Tournament …

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Sabrina Ionescu puts on a show as Oregon women’s basketball wins first ever Pac-12 Tournament title

SEATTLE — With under two minutes to play in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, the section directly behind the Oregon bench stood up and began to chant “MVP” as Pac-12 player of the year and sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu dribbled the ball up the court. “I saw a little twinkle …

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