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4CAST: Women's hoop, men's hoop, PAC-12 diamond play, Track
Staff report

Oregon sophomore Sabrina Ionescu has been named a finalist for national player of the year the university announced this week.

Ionescu, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is one of four finalists for the Wade Trophy, which is voted on by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell and South Carolina's A'ja Wilson are the other finalists.

The Ducks play host to a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the region finals in Spokane, Wash. Oregon plays Seattle University Friday, following the Minnesota-Wisconsin Green Bay contest. The winners meet Sunday. Four teams will play in Spokane with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30.

Notre Dame is the top seed in the Spokane regional, with Oregon seeded No. 2.

Connecticut is seeded No. 1 in the Albany, N.Y., region, with Mississippi State seeded No. 1 in the Kansas City region.

The Beavers play in Knoxville, Tenn., in a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the Lexington, Ky., Region final. Oregon State, the sixth seed, plays Western Kentucky Friday, with Tennesee, the third seed and sub-region host, playing Liberty in the other game. The winners meet Sunday.

Four teams will play in Lexington regional with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30. Louisville and Baylor are seeded 1, 2, in the region.

2. OREGON, PORTLAND STATE TOURNAMENT ACTION

With Marquette's 67-60 win over Harvard Wednesday, the Oregon Ducks will head to Milwaukee for a game against the Golden Eagles Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the second round of the NIT. Oregon beat Rider in the opening round of the tournament Tuesday night. in Eugene.

The winner of Sunday's game will play the winner of the Notre Dame-Penn State game Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The Final Four is set for March 27-29 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Portland State, continuing one of its strongest season in more than a decade, will play at San Diego Saturday in the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. Match-ups for the following round - quarterfinals, will be established following this weekend's games. All games will be played on campus sites.

3. BEAVERS, DUCKS START PAC-12 SCHEDULE FOR BASEBALL, SOFTBALL

Oregon State and their rivals from Eugene begin their Pac-12 baseball and softball schedules this weekend, with both colleges having a top-10 team.

The Beavers's baseball team, at 15-1, are ranked No. 1 play a three-game series at Cal starting Friday before returning home for a three-game series with Washington starting March 23.

Oregon, 12-4, plays at Arizona State in its conference opening series beginning Friday, then plays host to Cal March 23-25.

Oregon's softball team enters its schedule at 23-4 and ranked sixth in the nation. The Ducks play host to UCLA in their conference-opening series Friday.

Oregon State, at 17-9, plays host to Cal in its conference opener Friday as well.

4. DECATHLON, HEPTATHLON HIGHLIGHT EARLY SEASON TRACK

Willamette's Keaton Beckmann won the decathlon in a dual with Corban that finished Wednesday with a point total of 6,184 in the first multi-event competition of the season for the Bearcats. Sara Falardeau won the heptathlon at 3,478 for Willamette in the dual.

Small college track and field heats up with George Fox playing host to the Rich Allen Classic Saturday.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks close their regular season this weekend with games at home against Seattle Friday, at Seattle Saturday and at home against Spokane Sunday.

 

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