N.C.A.A. Tournament: Oregon Women Stun Maryland to Make the Round of 8

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, right, and Maryland’s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough in the second half.

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Sabrina Ionescu scored 21 points, her fellow freshman Ruthy Hebard had 16, and 10th-seeded Oregon continued its run through the N.C.A.A. women’s tournament on Saturday with a 77-63 victory over Maryland, the No. 3 seed, in Bridgeport, Conn., to reach the round of 8.

Five Ducks reached double figures as the team reached a regional final for the first time. They will play No. 1-seeded Connecticut in the Bridgeport Region finals on Monday.

“We’re just excited about everything,” Ionescu said. “None of our kids have experienced anything like this. So I think we’re just excited to advance and be able play another day and see where that takes us.”

Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each had 16 points for the Terrapins, who finished their season at 32-3.

Maryland, which averaged more than 90 points a game to lead the nation, was held to its lowest point total this season. The Terrapins turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 18 points for the Ducks (23-13).

“I just think it was just one of those days,” said Maryland guard Destiny Slocum, who finished with 9 points and 5 turnovers. “We kind of lost our game, and I think even though this was a low-scoring game, we were trying our best, doing anything we could do. I don’t think there’s really an answer for it.”

Oregon Coach Kelly Graves said before the game that his young team, which starts three freshmen, may not know it is not supposed to be winning. The Ducks became the second No. 10 seed to advance to a regional final, joining the 1991 team from Lamar University of Texas.

“They just continue to show great poise,” Graves said.

Maite Cazorla scored 15 points for the Ducks, while the reserve Oti Gildon had 11. Lexi Bando finished with 10 points.

Oregon led by 9 at halftime and made seven straight shots late in the third quarter to extend its advantage to 59-45.

A steal and basket by Walker-Kimbrough cut the lead to 69-63 with a little more than three minutes left and capped an 8-0 Maryland run. But Ionescu answered with a basket, and the Terrapins were called for an offensive foul on the other end of the floor, ending the threat.

Maryland, which had averaged more than six 3-pointers a game, was 0 for 6 from behind the arc.

“It felt like every time we would get it to within 6 points, we would have some sort of breakdown,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said, “whether it was off of a board, whether it was a defensive stop, and then they would break it back open.”

The Terrapins were able to keep the game close in the first half because of Jones, who had 10 points and 7 rebounds before the break.


S. CAROLINA 100, QUINNIPIAC 58 Kaela Davis, A’ja Wilson and top-seeded South Carolina (30-4) overpowered Quinnipiac (29-7), the No. 12 seed, from the opening tip, scoring the first 16 points and advancing to the Stockton Region final during a rout in California.

Davis scored 28 points, including five 3-pointers. Wilson added 24 points, and the Gamecocks’ athleticism and swarming defense was too much for the Bobcats.

Quinnipiac started out 0 for 10 from the field and took more than seven minutes to score as it struggled to get shots off and to establish its usually prolific perimeter game.

On Monday, South Carolina will play the winner of Saturday’s late game between second-seeded Oregon State and Florida State, the No. 3 seed.

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