oregon women's basketball

Oregon conquers the Pac-12!

Women win tournament, men top regular-season standings
Staff Report

It's official - Oregon owns the Pac-12 in basketball.

After an 89-56 throtling of Stanford, the Ducks claimed the conference women's tournament title for the second time in four seasons, and will head to the NCAA Tournament as a favorite to at least reach the Final Four.

Ranked third after being ranked No. 1 to start the season, Oregon improved to 31-2 with just one conference loss during the regular season.

Senior Sabrina Ionescu was named tournament MVP for the second time in three seasons, and finished her four years as the all-time leading scorer in tournament games.

The Oregon men, two days after a 90-56 shellacking of Cal, claimed the Pac-12 regular-season title with an 80-67 over Stanford in Eugene Saturday with its sixth conference win in its last seven games. The Ducks (24-7, 13-5 Pac-12) head to the conference tournament as defending champions and the highest ranked team nationally at No. 13. Led by guard Payton Pritchard, Oregon won the 2019 tournament with an improbable four-game win streak in four days and played its way into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Pritchard is a top contender for conference Player of the Year this season.

UCLA finished second in the conference standings at 19-12, 12-6.

The men's conference tournament begins Wednesday in Las Vegas with four first-round games. Oregon is scheduled to play the winner of Utah vs. Oregon State on Thursday at noon in the quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Friday with the final on Saturday.

Oregon's women will learn their fate in terms of seeding for the NCAA Tournament next Monday. The Ducks will likely play host to the first and second rounds of the West Regional, which will play its two Sweet 16 games and Elite 8 contest at the Moda Center in Portland, March 28 and 30.

The Final Four is set for New Orleans, April 3 and 5. Oregon played into the Final Four last year before losing to eventual champion Baylor, which is ranked No. 2 this season behind South Carolina. Louisville, which has a win over the Ducks this season, is ranked fourth.

Oregon State, in spite of just reaching the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, is likely to play host to the first and second rounds as well as the 14th-ranked team in the nation.

The Pac-12 featured five teams ranked in the top 14 entering the conference tournament.




Pilot women lose, gain momentum

No. 10 Gonzaga pulls away for 56-42 win, but UP eyes tourney upset
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - A loud, often raucous crowd set the stage for a huge, memorable win Saturday for the University of Portland women's basketball program, and it did it's part for most of three quarters.

Senior guard Kate Andersen, honored prior to the game, even hit a three-point shot at the first quarter buzzer to tie the game at 11.

But, tenth-ranked Gonzaga had too much inside firepower and pulled away from a 40-35 edge after three quarters for a 56-42 victory before an announced crowd of 1,709 fans at the Chiles Center.

Gonzaga junior forwards Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth combined for 28 pooints and 17 rebounds to send the Zags, who had more than 100 fans themselves, into the West Coast Conference Tournament as the No.1 seed. Gonzaga is 28-2 overall and 17-1 in WCC games.

Portland enters the tournament that begins in Las Vegas on Thursday as the fifth seed at 18-11, 11-7. The Pilots, who lost their contest at Gonzaga by 10 points earlier in the season, won just seven games two seasons ago.

"This has been a great season for our girls and our fans to build support for the program," first-year coach Michael Meek said afterward. "This is an easy team to get behind because of how our players perform, and the effort they put out."

Andersen led the Pilots with 10 points, and sophomore Haylee Andrews had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Pilots were hammered by turnovers, though, commiting 21 in the game, including 10 in the fourth quarter when they were outscored 16-7.

Gonzaga held a 12-5 edge in second chance points and 14-2 in bench scoring.

First round WCC tournament pairings have yet to be announced, but Andrews said the Pilots would take Saturday's loss as a significant learning tool if they are able to meet Gonzaga again.

"We're definitely be looking at a lot of film, looking to see what we can do to beat them," said Andrews, who was the WCC Player of the Week three times this season. "They're No. 10 for a reason, but we're going to go into the tournament with the thinking we can beat them."




Ducks start as Preseason favorites

Oregon's women are No. 1, men at No. 17
By Cliff Pfenning, Publisher

The Oregon basketball program has been improving in quality on an annual basis, but this season may be one of the finest for the combined men's and women's teams, at least according to Sports Illustrated magazine and it's preseason rankings.

Oregon starts out as No. 1 in the women's rankings, while the men are at No. 17. Only Maryland and Baylor have a women's team in the Top 10 and men's team in the Top 25. Baylor is No. 2 and 18, while Maryland is No. 5 and 7.

The Ducks are coming off perhaps their best post-season run with the women's team reaching the Final Four and the men's team getting to the Sweet 16. Only the 2017 tournament was better for the program as the men reached the Final Four, while the women played into the Elite 8.

Could this be the year for a national champion in Eugene?

Both teams are coming off Pac-12 Tournament titles.

The women open their season No. 11 with a home game against Northeastern.

The men's team, led by four-year starter Payton Pritchard, open Nov. 5 against Fresno State, and play No. 16 Memphis in Portland, Nov. 12.


Ducks keep Eugene buzzing

4CAST: NCAA women, Pac-12 baseball, softball, Hawks, soccer
Staff report

The Oregon women’s basketball team moved to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the second straight year with a 101-73 win over Minnesota Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon will play either Central Michigan or Ohio State, which play today, Saturday with the winner facing either Notre Dame or Texas A&M next Monday in Spokane, Wash.

“I will be shocked if they’re not playing in the Final Four,” Minnesota coach Marlene Stollings said after watching the Ducks put up 30 points in two different quarters Sunday. “They were rolling on all cylinders.”

Sunday’s second-round game matched two of the top-10 scoring offenses in the nation, and the teams combined for 52 points in the first quarter. From there, though, Oregon - leading 30-22 after the first quarter, outscored the Gophers 52-28 in the next two quarters to effectively decide the outcome.

Oregon blew the game open with a 10-0 run to close out the second quarter, capped by a fadeaway three-pointer at the buzzer by Sabrina Ionescu, while she was being fouled.

Ionescu led all scorers with 29 points, while sophomore Ruthy Hebard added 22 for the Ducks - playing in front of a vocal crowd of 7,576 fans.

Oregon made 11 of its 22 3-point attempts.

The Ducks had never been to the Sweet 16 until last season, when they reached the Elite Eight.


Michael Gretler homered in the second inning to spark the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a sweep of California Sunday as the Beavers won the series finale, 6-4, in Berkely, Calif.
The win pushed Oregon State to 18-1 on the year, matching the 1951, 1962, 2013 and 2017 teams for the best record through 19 games. The victory also sends the Beavers back to Corvallis with a 3-0 conference record; OSU has won 13 consecutive Pac-12 games dating back to the 2016 season.]
The sweep marked the Beavers’ third in Berkeley since 2012 after getting swept at Cal in 2016. OSU starts a three-game series with Washington on Friday.
In other Pac-12 action, Oregon lost all three games of its series against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., to drop to 12-7. The Ducks return to Eugene for a three-game series with Cal starting Friday. Oregon is 8-2 at home this season.


Sixth-ranked Oregon rallied from a loss Friday to beat UCLA Saturday and Sunday and is 25-5 heading for a weekend off before a three-game series with rival Oregon State March 29-31 in Corvallis.

Oregon State recovered from a 12-0 loss Saturday to beat Cal 8-3 Sunday and earn a 2-1 series win in Corvallis. Oregon State won the first game of the series 10-5 Friday and is 19-10 heading into a three-game series at UCLA Friday.


The 72-game regular season came to a close with a 5-4 loss to Spokane Sunday for the Portland Winterhawks, but the season begins anew Saturday. Portland, which finished the regular season at 44-22-1-5 for 94 points, plays the Chiefs in a seven-game series with the first two games in Portland Saturday and Sunday.


The Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers return to the pitch Saturday with league matches. The Thorns, who drew with Houston 0-0 Saturday at Merlo Field, open NWSL play at North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland won its second NWSL title last season.

The Timbers, 0-2 in MLS action, play at Houston Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland has scored just once in its two games, and is looking for its first win under new coah Giovanni Savarese.

Ducks, Beavers await tournament pairings

4CAST: NCAA women, Oregon men, Blazers, Thorns
Staff report

The Oregon and Oregon State women's basketball programs will get their official NCAA Tournament placements tonight, giving their fans and end to more than a week of waiting.

The Ducks won the Pac-12 Tournament title last weekend for the first time, a day after Oregon State's regular season ended. The Ducks are likely to receive their highest tournament seed in the program's history.

Oregon, 30-4, enters the tournament ranked No. 6 nationally, and with a nine-game win streak. The Ducks were a 10 seed last year, but played into the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut 90-52.

Oregon State, 23-7, is ranked 13th. The Beavers were a No. 2 seed last year, but got knocked out by Florida State in the Sweet 16.

The women's tournament begins on Thursday.


The Oregon men's basketball team missed out on the NCAA Tournament - Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State received spots - but did get into the NIT and will play host to Rider on Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals and is 22-11 overall. Rider, 22-9, won the regular-season title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, but missed out on the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by not winning the MAAC tournament. It's the first-ever meeting between the schools. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.


Portland, in third place in the Western Conference, will put its nine-game win streak up against Miami, the No. 7 team from the Eastern Conference.

The Blazers are 40-26 and two games ahead of fourth-place New Orleans, Minnesota and Oklahoma City.

Miami is 36-31 and has a two-game win streak.


The Portland Thorns lost their first of three preseason games Sunday, 1-0, to the Chicago Red Stars at Merlo Field. The team plays again Wednesday and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad.


The Portland Winterhawks rebounded from Saturday's loss with a 2-0 victory over Everett at the Moda Center, and have three games remaining in the regular season. The Hawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.



Ducks, Beavs get playoffs moving

Oregon, Oregon State open Pac-12 Tournament
Staff report

Touted as the "Wonder Women" all season by its athletic staff, the University of Oregon women's basketball team has played up to that level by winning the Pac-12 Conference title for the first time in nearly 20 years.

But, that was the regular season. Crunch time begins today with a quarterfinal game in the conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Oregon plays Colorado at 11:30 a.m.

In-state rival Oregon State plays Arizona State at 8:30 p.m.

The Ducks reached the semifinals of the tournament last season before losing to Stanford.

Oregon State, which won the regular season title last year, reached the tournament final before losing to Stanford.

Stanford has won the conference tournament 12 times in its 16 years, including twice in the past three years when OSU won or tied for the regular-season crown. OSU won two seasons ago.

Oregon has yet to win the tournament.

The Ducks feature the season's Player of the Year in sophomore Sabrina Ionescu, and forward Ruthie Hebard, who set an NCAA record for consecutive made field-goal attempts at 33 late in the season. Both were named as candidates for national Player of the Year as point guard and forward, respectively.



Oregon women take Pac-12 title

4CAST: Women's basketball, Timbers, Blazers, Gymnastics
Staff report

The eighth-ranked Oregon women's basketball team won the Pac-12 Conference regular season title for the first time in nearly 20 years Sunday, earning the honor after a 74-61 win over Arizona in Tucson, Ariz.

Oregon improved to 27-4 and finished conference play at 16-2, one game ahead of Stanford. Oregon last won the conference title in 2000 when it featured just 10 schools.

Ruthy Hebard finished with 24 points and Lexi Bando added 15 by hitting five 3-point shots.

Oregon next plays in the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins Thursday in Las Vegas. Oregon earned a first-round by with the title. Oregon will play the winner of Thursday's Utah vs. Colorado game.

No. 12 Oregon State (23-6, 14-4) beat Arizona State 64-60 Sunday for its seventh consecutive win and also earned a first-round tournament bye by finishing in a tie for third place with No. 10 UCLA. OSU will play the winner of Thursday's Arizona vs. Arizona State game.


The Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City Saturday in their preseason finale and now have a week to prepare for their season opener in Los Angeles against the Galaxy at Stub Hub Field.

Portland begins its eighth season of MLS play having ended last season as the Western Conference leader, although it dropped a first-round playoff duel to the Houston Dynamo.


Portland's last-second 106-104 win at Phoenix Saturday improved the team to 34-26 overall and moved it to within 1.5 games of third place in the Western Conference standings. Portland plays host to Sacramento on Tuesday night, and Minnesota Thursday.


A week after setting a season-high in points, No. 8 Oregon State lost to No. 3 UCLA, 198.075-196.525 at Pauley Pavillion.

The Beavers finish their regular season with meets at home against BYU, March 5, and Michigan State, March 10.





Oregon men beat ASU, Arizona next

Pac-12 men's basketball, women's basketball, Blazers, Timbers
Staff report

The Oregon men's basketball team opened a key weekend with a 75-68 win over Arizona State Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, but now comes the big game: Arizona.

The Ducks take on the Wildcats Saturday night in a nationally-televised game on ESPN in what is effectively a playoff-preview.

Oregon's pair of losses last weekend in Los Angeles dropped it out of contention for second place in the Pac-12 Conference and put the team in a win-or-else situation to reach the NCAA Tournament. Oregon needs to win the conference tournament and Arizona (23-6, 14-1) is atop the conference standings ranked No. 14 in the nation.

Game time is 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Elijah Brown led the Ducks (18-10, 8-7) Thursday with 19 points and seven rebounds. He hit eight of his 12 field-goal attempts.

Oregon State (13-14, 5-10) lost to Arizona 75-65 in Corvallis Thursday and takes on Arizona State Saturday at 5 p.m.

Both Oregon schools close out their regular season next week with games in Washington.

The conference tournament begins March 7 in Las Vegas.


The Oregon women's basketball team, having moved up to No. 8 in the nation, is two wins from taking the conference regular-season title, with only games at Arizona State tonight and Arizona Sunday in the way. Oregon is 25-4, 14-2, and a game ahead of Stanford in the conference standings.

No. 12 Oregon State (21-6, 12-4) takes its five-game win streak to Arizona tonight and Arizona State on Sunday.


Portland's All-Star Game break ends tonight with a game at Utah followed by a game at Phoenix Saturday night. The Blazers enter the weekend two games ahead of the Jazz in the Western Conference standings.

With Oklahoma City winning Thursday night, the Blazers dropped a full game out of fifth place in the Western Conference standings, but the Los Angeles Clippers lost at Golden State and dropped a half-game further behind the Blazers in the race for the eight playoff spots.


The Portland Timbers will take on Sporting Kansas City Saturday in their final preseason match at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

Portland's eighth season in Major League Soccer begins March 4 in Los Angeles against the Galaxy.



TUESDAY 4CAST: Oregon gets huge win

Pac-12 Men, Timbers, Prep
Staff report

After playing their way to a 19-point lead Monday night, the No. 10 Oregon women's basketball team did what all the fans at Matthew Knight Arena thought they would do - they made the game exciting.

No. 8 UCLA fought back and took a three-point lead in the final minute before the Ducks rallied and won in overtime, 101-94, before a crowd of 7,098 and a national audience on ESPN2.

Oregon's win kept the Ducks (14-2, 25-4) atop the conference standings - all alone after No. 16 Stanford (13-3, 19-9) lost to rival Cal on Saturday - heading into the final weekend of the season: a pair of road games in Arizona.

UCLA (12-4, 21-6) dropped a full two games out of first after entering the weekend tied with Oregon and Stanford.

No. 12 Oregon State (12-4, 21-6) swept UCLA and USC and moved into a third-place with with the Bruins.


With a shot at moving up to second in the conference standings, the Oregon men dropped to seventh with a pair of weekend losses in Southern California and are essentially on a path where they need to win the conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon plays host to the Arizona schools this weekend, as does Oregon State (5-9, 13-13).


With the final stage - two months - of the regular season upcoming, Portland signed much-travelled guard Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract Monday.

Rush has played for nine years in the league, but not this season.


After the second and third round of high school state championships played out Friday and Saturday with wrestling and swimming, OSAA sports get a weekend off before the first three boys and girls basketball finals begin. But, non-OSAA sports have a championship weekend upcoming with bowling.

The Oregon bowling championships begin Friday in Klamath Falls, with nordic and alpine finals set for March.


Oregon women duel with UCLA

4CAST: Ducks, Timbers, Damian, High School Hoops
Staff report

The Oregon Ducks will look to hold onto their spot atop the Pacific 12 Conference and move up in the national rankings tonight when they play host to the UCLA Bruins at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon enters ranked No. 9, while UCLA is No. 7 for the time, having lost to Oregon State Friday night.

ESPNU will be on hand to televise the game.

One key note in the game is Oregon's Ruthie Hebard, who has made her last 30 field-goal attempts to set an all-time NCAA record.

The Ducks are


The Timbers dropped a 2-1 decision to FC Dallas Saturday, but kept its drive to the regular season on track by playing many of its predicted starters for most of the game. Forward Fanendo Adi and midfielder Diego Valeri were among the group that played 80 or more minutes.

Newcomer Samuel Armenteros, who joined the club last week, scored for Portland. Former Timbers forward Maximiliano Urruti scored both goals for Dallas.

Portland plays the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. The regular season begins March 3 in Los Angeles.


Damian Lillard, representing the Portland Trail Blazers for the third time at the All-Star Game, scored a team-high 21 points in 21 minutes, but Team Steph lost 148-145 to Team LeBron at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Liillard made 9 of 14 shots from the field and grabbed three rebounds. All five of his misses were from beyond the three-point line.

Portland (32-26) returns to action with a game Friday at Utah (30-28), and Saturday at Phoenix (18-41). The Blazers are currently tied with Denver for the sixth spot in the Western Conference, just a half-game behind No. 5 Oklahoma City, and one game ahead of the No. 9 Los Angeles Clippers.


The smaller schools across the state begin their playoffs Wedensday when the Class 1A boys and girls play the first of two rounds of games 16 teams playing elimination games. The eight winners of Wednesday's games will be paired with a league champion for the eight-team tournament play-in round Saturday with seeding among the 16 teams taking place at that time.

The Class 3A and 2A teams have a one-game play-in round Saturday having reached the end of their regular season this past weekend.

At CLASS 3A, De La Salle North Catholic of Portland is seeded No. 1 in the boys bracket, while Salem Academy is seeded No. 1 in the girls bracket.

AT CLASS 2A, Western Mennonite is seeded No. 1 in the boys bracket with Kennedy seeded No. 1 among the girls.




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