Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for her 18th career triple-double and Oregon defeated visiting Indiana 91-68 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season.
The second-seeded Ducks (31-4) earned a game against the winner of Monday’s game between South Dakota State and Syracuse next weekend at Portland’s Moda Center.
Ionescu, a Miramonte-Orinda alum, is the NCAA’s career triple-double leader among men and women, with eight coming this season. She achieved her latest with just more than two minutes left when she corralled a rebound of her own missed shot.
“Yeah, it was cool,” Ionescu said, “but I’m just honestly just really happy that we played really well. It’s so fun when you’re moving the ball. … And everyone scored tonight, so just being able to get that last game that we all have together here with this particular team on this home court was awesome.”
“That’s the special thing about Sabrina, she really does not care about the stats,” said teammate Satou Sabally, who had 19 points and eight rebounds. “She doesn’t brag about it, she’s not the kind of person who is hunting stats. This is what makes her unique.”
Ali Patberg had 16 points and Jaelynn Penn added 15 for the 10th-seeded Hoosiers (21-13), who were hurt in the third quarter when Bendu Yeaney was injured and left the game.
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Indiana led 28-24 in the second quarter, but Oregon surged into the lead, with Ionescu’s 3-pointer making it 43-31 at the break. She finished with five 3-pointers.
“As good as Oregon is, could we have had a chance?,” Indiana head coach Teri Morin asked. “Maybe, if we’d shot it a little bit better, but tonight Oregon was the better team, and they beat us.”
Arizona State 57, Miami 55: Robbi Ryan hit two free throws with five seconds left to give the fifth-seeded Sun Devils (22-10) the lead for good as Arizona State topped the fourth-seeded Hurricanes (25-9) in Coral Gables, Fla. The Sun Devils, who will face Mississippi State in the Sweet 16, won despite shooting 35 percent.
Mississippi State 85, Clemson 61: In Starkville, Miss., Teaira McCowan had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to help the top-seeded Bulldogs (32-2) stop the ninth-seeded Tigers (20-13). McCowan made 14 of 17 shots, repeatedly getting good position close to the rim for easy buckets.
Louisville 71, Michigan 50: In Louisville, Ky., Asia Durr scored 24 points, including 12 in the first quarter, as the top-seeded Cardinals (31-3) beat the eighth-seeded Wolverines (22-12) to earn their third consecutive Sweet 16 berth. Louisville, which next faces Oregon State or Gonzaga, scored 28 points off 22 turnovers.
UConn 84, Buffalo 72: Napheesa Collier scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and Katie Lou Samuelson and Christyn Williams each added 17 points as the second-seeded Huskies (33-2) stopped the 10th-seeded Bulls (24-10) in Storrs, Conn., to advance to the Sweet 16 for a 26th consecutive season. Cierra Dillard, the nation’s second-leading scorer, had 29 points to lead Buffalo. UConn next will face UCLA or Maryland.
South Carolina 72, Florida St. 64: In Charlotte, N.C., Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored 20 points and Alexis Jennings added 16 to pace the fourth-seeded Gamecocks (23-9) past the fifth-seeded Seminoles (24-9). South Carolina will face Baylor or Cal in the next round.
Iowa 68, Missouri 52: Megan Gustafson scored 24 points with 19 rebounds and Makenzie Meyer added 18 points as the second-seeded Hawkeyes (28-6) rolled past the seventh-seeded Tigers (24-11) in Iowa City. Iowa, which pulled away with a 23-4 second-half run, will play Kentucky or North Carolina State in the Sweet 16.
Texas A&M 78, Marquette 76: Chennedy Carter scored 30 points and Shambria Washington hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the game as the fourth-seeded Aggies (26-7) beat the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (27-8) in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M will face Michigan State or Notre Dame in a Sweet 16 game.
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