Oregon heads to Elite 8 with win over South Dakota State

first_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press Share: 2 Photos Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu, right, drives to the basket past South Dakota State guard Tylee Irwin during the first half of a regional semifinal in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 29, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Photo Gallery Oregon heads to Elite 8 with win over South Dakota State No. 2 seed Ducks to face No. 1 Mississippi State Oregon was spurred on by a big contingent of yellow- and green-clad fans, with attendance at the Moda Center announced at 11,324. Much the same is expected for Sunday when Oregon plays top-seeded Mississippi State (33-2), which beat Arizona State 76-53 in the earlier game.Macy Miller had 21 points for South Dakota State (28-7), which had advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in school history. The loss snapped an 18-game winning streak for the Jackrabbits.“It’s a tough one tonight but that doesn’t take anything away from the phenomenal and special season that this team had this year, and to make it to the Sweet 16 and make history like that is something that none of us are ever going to forget,” said senior guard Madison Guebert.Satou Sabally finished with 14 points and the Ducks led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter. Published: March 29, 2019, 11:13pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Hebard had 17 points and 12 rebounds by the end of the third quarter for her 14th double-double of the season.BIG PICTURESouth Dakota State: The Jackrabbits hosted the Ducks earlier this season on Dec. 12. Oregon won 87-79. … No other Summit League team has reached the round of 16.Oregon: Reserve guard Taylor Chavez was a game-time decision after missing the last seven games with a foot injury. While she warmed up with the team, she did not play.FAMILIAR FOES: Oregon has faced all three of the teams at the Portland Regional this season. In addition to the Ducks’ visit to Brookings in December, they beat Mississippi State 82-74 in Eugene, before twice defeating Pac-12 foe Arizona State (77-71 at home on Jan. 18, and 66-59 on March 3 in Tempe) during the conference season. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Subscribe Today PORTLAND — Oregon has been looking forward to this since falling in the Elite Eight last season.The second-seeded Ducks (32-4) are back for the third straight year in the regional finals, where they lost to Notre Dame last year.“This is what we work for, this is what we dream of and now it’s time to make our dreams a reality,” guard Sabrina Ionescu said. “We are going to come out Sunday dialed in, ready to go, and not let this opportunity slip away because it is a great one.”Ruthy Hebard had 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Ionescu added 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the Ducks’ 63-53 victory over No. 6 South Dakota State in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. Share: Both teams ranked among the nation’s best offenses. Oregon went into the game averaging 86 points (third), while the Jackrabbits were averaging 80 (12th). The Ducks were shooting 51 percent shooting from the floor, with SDSU at 48.While defense seemed to be the theme for both sides, Oregon’s trio of Ionescu, Hebard and Sabally still proved too much for the Jackrabbits.South Dakota State took an early 12-8 lead on Guebert’s 3-pointer. But the Ducks came back to tie it at 12 on the first of Ionescu’s four consecutive jumpers.The fourth gave the Ducks an 18-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter. Sabally’s 3-pointer pushed Oregon’s lead to 29-19 and she had 11 points to lead all players at the break. Oregon led 31-22. “We finished it like champions and that’s what we want to be,” Sabally said.Last season Oregon also was among the final eight but fell 84-74 to top-seeded Notre Dame in the Spokane Regional. The Fighting Irish went on to win the NCAA title.Ionescu, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, was averaging 19.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.5 rebounds going into the game. The junior guard had her 18th career triple-double, an ongoing NCAA record, in the Ducks’ 91-68 second-round victory Sunday over Indiana, finishing with 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.Oregon easily dispatched No. 15 seed Portland State 78-40 in its first-round game.SDSU was making its ninth tournament appearance in the past 11 years. To reach the Sweet 16 the Jackrabbits beat 11th seed Quinnipiac 76-65 then upset No. 3 Syracuse 75-64.last_img read more

Hes no Beckham Hook labels OConnell kick careless but predicts citing

first_imgSHANE HORGAN ADMITTED ‘it didn’t look great’ while Brent Pope said it ‘wasn’t deliberate’ but Leinster’s Dave Kearney wasn’t awake to hear the debate.The winger took a full-force kick to the head from Munster’s Paul O’Connell in the final minutes of Leinster’s 22-16 win at Thomond Park.While O’Connell will surely claim he was seeking to hack away a ball presented by Kearney to his forwards, the brutal swipe was reckless. The lock is a passionate and committed player but he showed a worrying disregard for the safety of a man facing away from him and lying flat on the turf.Kearney had to be carted off the Thomond Park pitch and Leinster coach Joe Schmidt revealed that it took him several minutes to regain consciousness.He told TheScore.ie, “He was unconscious for a period of time. He’s come back around and has probably asked the question 10 times, ‘Did I catch it?’He’s going to be pretty relieved when he sees the footage that he did catch the ball. He’s not in great shape at the moment. The main disappointment at the moment is, he has really come on. He’s played a number of games in a row and was getting into a rhythm. He’s likely to miss a few games now. That’s probably his biggest frustration.”Asked if O’Connell should be cited for the incident, Schmidt replied, “To be honest, that’s not my domain. Whatever comes of that, comes of it.”George Hook, speaking on RTE after the match, called the Munster man “careless”. He added, “He’s no [David] Beckham. Kearney’s head was within the margin of error of where the ball [was]… O’Connell may pay for that carelessness.”Paul O’Connell checks on the unconscious Dave Kearney. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Speaking about the victory, which leaves Leinster second in the Pro12 standings, Schmidt said he was ‘delighted with the result’.He added, “That’s an incredibly combative Munster side. I bet Clermont are upset that Harlequins lost because they know what they are getting – that’s a hell of a game coming up.”Asked if he thought Rob Kearney’s close call, which was ruled out by the TMO in the first-half, was a try, Schmidt said, “Yes I do.”- Additional reporting by Aoife Danagher of LimerickRugby.ie – you can follow her @Aoifs2707As it happened: Munster v Leinster, RaboDirect Pro12VIDEO: Paul O’Connell kicks Dave Kearney in the headlast_img read more