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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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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. https://twitter.com/espn/status/969755530599325696 Then, in Oregon’s NCAA Tournament first round game against Seattle on Friday, she did it again. Bone collector. @AinaAyus did …

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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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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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A 65-62 comeback win over UCLA leads the Ducks to their first ever Pac-12 Tournament title game

SEATTLE — UCLA had possession down three points with only seconds to play in the game. Oregon forced the Bruins to keep the ball outside of the 3-point arc, and UCLA star guard Jordin Canada passed the ball off in the final seconds to Japreece Dean, who launched up a …

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Oregon women’s basketball hangs on in overtime to beat UCLA 101-94

After missing her first of two free throws down 90-89, Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu knew she was not going to let her team down. She nailed the second shot, and when the game went to overtime, her renewed competitive fire proved too much for the UCLA. Her 7 points in …

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With No. 8 Oregon’s win over No. 10 UCLA, the Ducks have one hand on the Pac-12 title

Coming into this weekend’s fixtures, Oregon women’s basketball had Monday night’s game against UCLA locked in its sights. Win or lose, there would be emotions after the game: The team would honor seniors Lexi Bando and Justine Hall during Senior Day ceremonies. Head coach Kelly Graves said it was arguably …

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Oregon women’s basketball hang on to beat USC 80-74 in double-overtime nail-biter

Fans who came to Oregon women’s basketball’s Friday night clash with USC in hopes of seeing a conventional, by-the-numbers game likely walked away disappointed. For those looking for thrilling basketball, the Ducks’ gritty, thrilling 80-74 win in double-overtime delivered in spades. The win comes at a critical moment for the …

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Turnovers mar Oregon’s thrilling double-overtime win

Oregon women’s basketball had the first possession of the game on Friday night. Sabrina Ionescu carried it up court and turned it over. USC went the other way to score a basket. Then, Satou Sabally had possession but gave it up. Once again, USC went down the court to score. …

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Oregon owns the paint in win over No. 25 Cal

Sabrina Ionescu screamed in triumph after making an and-1 layup off an offensive rebound by Ruthy Hebard. Oregon was in the middle of a 13-2 run and had just extended its lead 37-23 over No. 25 Cal. Ionescu had her fingerprints all over No. 6 Oregon’s 91-54 win against the Bears …

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No. 7 Oregon gears up for visit to Colorado and Utah without Bando

Following Sunday’s victory when the No. 7 Oregon women’s basketball team ended its 14-game Civil War losing streak to the rival Oregon State Beavers, the Ducks now hit the road for games against the Colorado Buffaloes (11-8, 2-6) and Utah Utes (14-5, 5-3) this weekend. On Wednesday, head coach Kelly …

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In Bando’s absence, McGwire comes up big to beat Beavers

With 28 seconds left in the game, fans at Matthew Knight Arena rose to their feet and applauded Mallory McGwire as she headed to the bench after fouling out. The sophomore forward earned the crowd’s appreciation after posting 14 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. McGwire’s all-around play helped …

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Ducks soar in 75-63 win over Oregon State to snap Civil War losing streak

After a tough overtime loss to the Oregon State Beavers on Friday, Oregon women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves didn’t mince words. He wanted to beat the Beavers. On Sunday night, in front of a crowd of 7,249 at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks granted their coach’s wish with a dominating, …

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Oti Gildon: More than just a role player

When Oti Gildon came to the University of Oregon to play basketball in 2015, she was the highest-rated player to ever commit to the Ducks’ women’s basketball team. ESPN rated her as a five-star player, and the No. 37 recruit in the entire country. She was a star in high …

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Ruthy Hebard: Outstanding as a freshman and still going strong in year two

In the words of Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves, sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard is “a nightmare for defenses.” “If you don’t double her, you’re going one-on-one against an elite post,” Graves said. For the past two seasons, the Fairbanks, Alaska native has been the premier forward for the …

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Oregon survives slow start, beats USC 70-66

For the first time in eight years, the Ducks are 3-0 to start conference play after No. 9 Oregon (14-2, 3-0) came away with a 70-66 win at Southern California (10-4, 0-3). Maite Cazorla, who doubled her season scoring average, had 18 points and six assists on 7-of-12 shooting. She …

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Ionescu ties NCAA tripple-double record as Oregon beats Ole Miss 90-46

Oregon sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu tied the NCAA triple-double record after posting 21 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in the No. 9 Ducks’ 90-46 win over Ole Miss at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday. Ionescu now stands alone atop the Pac-12 for career triple doubles with seven. Her 14 …

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Gildon’s career night carries Ducks in Hebard’s absence

During Monday’s practice, Oregon head coach Kelly Graves told junior Oti Gildon that she would get her first start because star forward Ruthy Hebard was ruled out for Tuesday’s game with an injury. Gildon did not let her team down. “She’s our Draymond Green and she really played like that …

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Highly-touted Satou Sabally quickly proving worth

At Pac-12 media day in mid-October, sophomore point guard Sabrina Ionescu was asked who would get the ball if Oregon needed a basketball late in a game. Ionescu, who beat No. 20 Cal last season on a last-second 3-pointer, did not respond with her own name. Instead, she said freshman …

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Lindsay Gottlieb picks up 100th win at Cal as Oregon’s transition under Kelly Graves continues

In the waning minutes of Oregon’s 74-59 loss to No. 24 California Thursday night, Golden Bears head coach Lindsay Gottlieb was all smiles. The victory, a California stiff-arm in the back end of the second half, is her 100th career win as head coach at the program. “I’ve had an …

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Oregon women's basketball falls to UW in Seattle, 70-55

Wasingthon’s Kelsey Plum recorded 20 points and Jazmine Davis tallied 15 points to power Washington to a 70-55 win over Oregon women’s basketball on Sunday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena. The win snaps a three-game win streak Oregon put together with wins over UCLA, USC and Washington State. The Ducks …

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Oregon women's basketball: Ducks sweep LA schools after win over USC, 63-57

It may be starting to click for the Ducks. A strong showing defensively in the first half and a 9-0 run late sparked by a pair of Lexi Petersen free-throws put the Ducks ahead for good as they took down USC 63-57 on Monday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon picks up …

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Oregon women's basketball team looks to sweep UCLA season series Saturday

The Ducks’ women’s basketball team has the opportunity to sweep the season series against the UCLA Bruins this Saturday (12:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) are currently on a six game losing streak since taking down the Bruins in Westwood on Jan. 5. “We’ve been …

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Oregon women's basketball: Ducks rally late to force overtime, but fall to Arizona 81-78

Arizona’s Charise Holloway drained a three-pointer with 8.5 seconds left in overtime to beat Oregon women’s basketball, 81-78, in overtime on Sunday afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. Lexi Bando finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Katelyn Loper tallied 16 points while Amanda Delgado finished with 13 points. Jillian Alleyne tallied a double-double with …

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Oregon women's basketball: Ducks head to Arizona in hopes of snapping losing streak

Oregon women’s basketball fans will be treated to the season’s only early-morning game on Friday. The Ducks (8-9, 1-5 Pac-12) will tip-off against No. 13 Arizona State at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. MST) on Pac-12 Networks, looking to snap a four-game losing streak. “They defend,” head coach Kelly Graves said …

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Ducks show they still have room to grow defensively in loss to Washington

When Kelly Graves was hired in April of last year, he knew that it was not going to be easy teaching the team a new style of play. The Ducks finished last in the NCAA last year, allowing 89.1 points per game to their opponents.   Oregon lost 91-69 to Washington …

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Oregon women's basketball: Ducks hope to stop seven-game Civil War skid

A win over Oregon State in the 93rd women’s basketball Civil War would be “wholesome,” Jillian Alleyne said. Wholesome, as in well-being of the mind, spirit and health of the body. Nothing could be more accurate. No member of the current Oregon team has taken down the No. 11 Beavers, …

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Oregon women’s basketball: Ducks drop game one of South Point Shootout to Central Michigan 73-67

Despite Lexi Bando’s team-high of 18 points and Jillian Alleyne’s 45th career double-double, the Oregon women’s basketball team dropped its opening game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout to Central Michigan 73-67. Amanda Delgado’s hometown appearance netted her 12 points and five rebounds in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her four field …

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Oregon women's basketball: Ducks drop game one of South Point Shootout to Central Michigan 73-67

Despite Lexi Bando’s team-high of 18 points and Jillian Alleyne’s 45th career double-double, the Oregon women’s basketball team dropped its opening game of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout to Central Michigan 73-67. Amanda Delgado’s hometown appearance netted her 12 points and five rebounds in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her four field …

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Oregon women’s basketball signs three players to 2015 class

Oregon women’s basketball has received three national letter of intents from the 2015 class, the program announced via twitter Friday morning. The class includes 5-10 guard Maite Cazorla of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; 6-1 guard/forward Oti Gildon of Spokane, Washington and 6-3 forward Lauren Yearwood from Victoria, British …

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