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NCAA Tournament: Sabrina Ionescu’s triple-double powers Oregon past Indiana and into Sweet 16

UPDATED: Sun., March 24, 2019

Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, left, and Morgan Yaeger celebrate a trip to the Sweet 16 after knocking off Indiana 91-68 in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday. (Thomas Boyd / AP)
Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, left, and Morgan Yaeger celebrate a trip to the Sweet 16 after knocking off Indiana 91-68 in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday. (Thomas Boyd / AP)
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Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for her 18th career triple-double and second-seeded Oregon defeated No. 10 Indiana 91-68 on Sunday in the Portland Region in Eugene to advance to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament.

Ionescu is the NCAA’s career triple-double leader among men and women. She’s had eight this season. She reached it on Sunday with just over two minutes left when she corralled a rebound on her own missed shot.

With speculation that she may turn pro at the end of this season, it may have been Ionescu’s final career game at Matthew Knight Arena. But it certainly won’t be her last game in Oregon: With the win the Ducks (31-4) advanced to face the winner of Monday’s game between South Dakota State and Syracuse next weekend at Portland’s Moda Center.

Satou Sabally added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks, who are headed to the round of 16 for the third straight season. Oregon led by as many as 23 points.

Ali Patberg had 16 points and Jaelynn Penn added 15 for the Hoosiers, who were hurt in the third quarter when Bendu Yeaney was injured and left the game.

Arizona State 57, Miami 55: Robbi Ryan’s free throws with five seconds left after a Hurricanes turnover put Arizona State ahead to stay, and the Sun Devils ousted Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Arizona State (22-10) was down by as many as eight in the second half, and survived a game where it shot 35 percent. Jamie Ruden came off the bench to score a team-best 10 for the Sun Devils.

Laura Cornelius scored 15 for Miami (25-9), which was looking for its first Sweet 16 berth since 1992. Mykea Gray added 13 for Miami and Beatrice Mompremier grabbed 22 rebounds for the Hurricanes – who have never won two games in the same NCAA Tournament.

Mississippi State 85, Clemson 61: Teaira McCowan had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to help the No. 1-seeded Bulldogs roll past the ninth-seeded Tigers in Starkville, Mississippi.

Anriel Howard added 21 points for Mississippi State (32-2), which has won 10 straight games in a streak that’s lasted more than a month. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 23-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.

McCowan made 14 of 17 shots. Howard shot 6 of 12 from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jordan Danberry added 18 points.

Edwards and Simone Westbrook both scored 14 points for Clemson (20-13).

Chicago Region

Texas A&M 78, Marquette 76: Chennedy Carter scored 30 points, Shambria Washington hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late and the Aggies outlasted the Golden Eagles in College Station, Texas.

Texas A&M (26-7) moves on to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year where it will meet the winner of Monday night’s game between Michigan State-Notre Dame in Chicago on March 30.

A jump shot by Allazia Blockton tied it with a minute left and Amani Wilborn made 1 of 2 free throws with 36 seconds remaining, but a lane violation by A&M gave her one more shot and she made it to put Marquette up 76-74.

Carter found Washington on A&M’s next possession and she made the 3-pointer to put the Aggies up 77-76 with 23 seconds left.

Carter stole an inbounds pass from Danielle King after a timeout with five seconds left and she was fouled by King. The Golden Eagles had to foul two more times to get in the bonus, leaving just 0.9 seconds left when Carter made 1 of 2 free throws to secure the win.

Albany Region

Louisville 71, Michigan 50: Asia Durr scored 24 points, including 12 in the first quarter to lead the Cardinals past the Wolverines in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Cardinals (31-3) started fast and stayed in gear on the way to earning their third consecutive Sweet 16 berth.

Durr got them going with two assists before adding the first of five 3-pointers in the game and a 4-point play. She finished 9 of 23 from the field and 5 of 14 from long range.

Akienreh Johnson had 12 points and Kayla Robbins 10 for Michigan (22-12).

Connecticut 84, Buffalo 72: Napheesa Collier scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Huskies held off the Bulls in Storrs, Connecticut, to move into the Sweet 16 for a 26th consecutive season.

Katie Lou Samuelson and freshman Christyn Williams each added 17 points for the Huskies (33-2).

Cierra Dillard, the nation’s second leading scorer, had 29 points to lead Buffalo (24-10), which made a big run in the fourth quarter but could not overcome a 24-point second-half deficit.

Greensboro Region

Iowa 68, Missouri 52: Megan Gustafson scored 24 points with 19 rebounds, Makenzie Meyer added 18 points and the Hawkeyes blew past the Tigers in Iowa City, Iowa, to advance to its second Sweet 16 in five years.

Kathleen Doyle scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes (28-6), who put away the Tigers with a blistering 23-4 run in the second half. They’ll face either Kentucky or North Carolina State in the semifinals of the Greensboro Regional next week.

Amber Smith scored 21 points for Missouri (24-11). The Tigers bowed out in the second round for the third time in four years.

South Carolina 72, Florida State 64: Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored 20 points, Alexis Jennings added 16 and the fourth-seeded Gamecocks defeated the fifth-seeded Seminoles in Charlotte, North Carolina, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the sixth straight season.

Te’a Cooper added 13 points and Tyasha Harris had 11 for South Carolina (23-9), which won despite being outrebounded 50-33 and allowing Florida State (24-9) to grab 27 offensive rebounds.

Nicki Ekhomu scored 19 and Kiah Gilespie had 15 points and 18 rebounds for FSU.

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