Oregon Ducks women stun Maryland to reach NCAA Elite Eight

Oregon Ducks women stun Maryland to reach NCAA Elite Eight

No. 1 seed Gonzaga beat No. 11 Xavier 83-59 in the West Region final, while No. 3 OR defeated No. 1 Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Region final.

OR barely made it past Michigan Mar. 23 in a game that saw nine ties and 17 lead changes in the highly competitive match-up. "But you gotta win that game, no matter what".

Late-game theatrics aside, Dorsey's having the kind of NCAA Tournament that basketball fans remember for generations.

The bus carrying the Ducks to Sprint Center on Saturday passed right by the Power and Light District in downtown Kansas City, where thousands of Jayhawk fans were rallying hours before the tipoff.

That momentum carried into the third quarter and a 3-pointer by Lexi Bando boosted Oregon's lead to 50-39 with 3:05 remaining.

The third-seeded Maryland women's basketball team nearly always had been able to lean on Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones during the most meaningful moments this season.

The deficit just seemed to be too much for the Terps to overcome.

While those two teams meet in the Midwest Region final in Kansas City, Missouri, the West final in San Jose, California, features two teams - Gonzaga and Xavier - who have never won in this round.

"Everybody gets one crappy game", Jackson said Saturday. If we get the lead, keep our foot on the gas. The Mountaineers rebound both misses but couldn't get another shot off before the buzzer.

Two of those games will involve Big Ten Teams, with Purdue facing Kansas and MI taking on Oregon.

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Leading scorer Luke Kennard had his second straight subpar shooting game, finishing 1 of 6 for 11 points before fouling out. Notice has struggled with his shot at times this season, so much that Martin has fielded questions about sitting him down.

Terrapins senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough also scored 16 points, while freshman guard Destiny Slocum was held to nine points and committed five turnovers. The Jayhawks had to rely heavily on Frank Mason III on the offensive end of the floor, but the senior came through and put up 17 points on 11 field goal attempts in the half. "That's a common theme with athletes. I think the way that we have built the Pac-12 is caring about the Pac-12 more than caring about our own individual success", Close said.

The foul wasn't on Jackson.

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) contests a shot from OR forward Dillon Brooks (24) during. "It's a weird thing for me", he said. Lagerald Vick went 2 for 8, Landen Lucas went 4 for 9. "I wore OR colors every day", he said. "I could've done better". The two teams are almost mirror images of each other, using four wings much of time. Jackson was scoreless, as was standout guard Devonte' Graham. And you know, they continue to show poise down the stretch, and I'll tell you, it's just impressive to watch.

While the Ducks found their rhythm offensively - shooting 60 percent overall and 58 percent from 3-point range during the first half - Mason, once again, kept the Jayhawks in it.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives against OR guard Payton Pritchard (3) and Oregon. Tyler Dorsey had another big game for OR and added 27 points. "He's always been at great programs and made them better". After struggling to hit a three-pointer all half, the Jayhawks finally connected on one with 2:49 to cut the lead to six points. "In the end I have faith in my guys". However, Dorsey hit a dagger three on the ensuing possession to regain control for the Ducks.

But instead of grabbing the rebound of a rare miss by Dorsey and looking to cut into the lead further, Jackson and Mason tipped the rebound away from each other and into the waiting hands of OR big man Jordan Bell.

Halftime did little to slow the Zags, who pushed the lead to 59-42 on 3-pointers by Williams-Goss and Jordan Mathews. You are going to have a game where stuff just doesn't go your way.

OR was able to frustrate Maryland's Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough for much of the game.

Another hero stepped up for the Ducks in the form of Jordan Bell, who had two critical offensive rebounds in a game that didn't feature very many of them. "Like we said, 1939 is a long drought, but we owe all the ex-players". "We needed to find other ways to score". Sabrina Ionescu and Mallory McGwire worked the two-man game well, allowing McGwire to get a couple of open jumpers. "Final Four would've made it special and we obviously fell short". And we're not really backing down from anybody.