Notre Dame defeated Oregon 84-74 on Monday night at the Arena, winning the Spokane Regional and avancing to the Final Four.
The base of the coaching ladder is littered with names of those who weren’t able to make that next step – lower-level head coaches who couldn’t find the same success at a bigger school or assistants who struggled in their first head coaching job. And then there is Kelly Graves, a shining example of movin’ on up.
Oregon backup forward Oti Gildon got a big lift out of playing in her home town. Then she channeled that energy into a big performance for the Oregon Ducks on Saturday.
Ruthy Hebard had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Sabrina Ionescu just missed another triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and second-seeded Oregon beat No. 11 seed Central Michigan 83-69 on Saturday in the Spokane Region semifinal of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
Mechanical issues with Oregon’s plane Thursday night kept the Ducks in Eugene until Friday morning.
Kelly Graves had a special player at Gonzaga and now he has another at Oregon.
Funny, this doesn’t feel like the junior half of the Spokane Regional bracket.
Expect to see a few “Welcome back, Kelly Graves” signs this weekend at the Spokane Arena.
It will be a star-studded affair this weekend in the Spokane Arena, when the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the women’s NCAA Tournament comes to town. Here’s a look at the top players from the four teams that will be competing.
Oti Gildon cut her basketball teeth in several gyms across Spokane. She’s looking forward to playing for the first time in Spokane’s biggest venue.