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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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“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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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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Lexi Bando shows senior leadership in blowout win over Colorado

SEATTLE — One month ago, guard Lexi Bando sat on the bench and watched as the then-No. 6 Oregon women’s basketball team beat California 91-54 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Today, she started for the No. 1 seeded Ducks in the quarterfinal of the Pac-12 Tournament. She didn’t sit …

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Top-10 matchup for No. 9 Oregon in store as LA schools come to town

Coming off a road sweep of the Washington schools, Oregon women’s basketball is back in Eugene for a two-game homestand against USC and UCLA. When the Ducks faced both teams in Los Angeles earlier this season, they edged both out in a pair of close games. With Pac-12 play quickly …

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Oregon figuring out life without Lexi Bando

With six games remaining, Oregon women’s basketball is having one of its most successful season’s in school history. Currently in a three-way tie with the Stanford Cardinal and UCLA Bruins for first place, it is within reach of the first conference championship in nearly two decades. A big key to …

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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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Lexi Bando out indefinitely with leg injury

Lexi Bando is out indefinitely with a leg injury, Oregon announced on Friday. The shooting guard will miss the No. 7 Ducks’ weekend series against No. 18 Oregon State. Bando, the lone senior in the Ducks starting lineup, is averaging 10.5 points per game in 25 minutes per game. The Ducks …

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Oregon women's basketball: Lexi Bando named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week

Oregon women’s basketball’s Lexi Bando has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for her performances against Fresno State and Santa Clara, the conference announced Monday. It’s the first time this season an Oregon player has won either player of the week awards. Bando, the Eugene native, averaged 20.5 points per game in …

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Oregon women’s basketball: Five things we learned after the Ducks’ exhibition debut

1- Reign of Kelly Graves: The Kelly Graves era officially began Sunday afternoon at Mathew Knight Arena with a 81-44 exhibition win against Westmont. “I was actually quite pleased with how we played today,” Graves said. “I liked the effort, I liked that everyone got in; lot of people contributed.” By the …

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