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Women’s NCAA Tournament roundup: Second-seeded Oregon holds off South Dakota State to earn spot in Elite Eight

UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 10:56 p.m.

Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu  drives to the basket past South Dakota State guard Tylee Irwin during the first half Friday  in Portland. (Craig Mitchelldyer / AP)
Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu drives to the basket past South Dakota State guard Tylee Irwin during the first half Friday in Portland. (Craig Mitchelldyer / AP)
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Ruthy Hebard had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Sabrina Ionescu added 17 points and 11 assists to send second-seeded Oregon to its third straight Elite Eight with a 63-53 victory over No. 6 South Dakota State on Friday night in Portland.

Ionescu added seven rebounds to fall just short of a triple-double for the Ducks (32-4).

Oregon was spurred on by a huge contingent of its fans as attendance at the Moda Center was announced at 11,324.

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.

Satou Sabally finished with 14 points and the Ducks led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter.

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.

(1) Mississippi State 76, (5) Arizona State 53: Teaira McCowan had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bulldogs (33-2) earned a spot in the Elite Eight for the third straight season with a victory over the Sun Devils (22-11).

Jazzmun Holmes had 13 points and seven assists, and Andra Espinoza-Hunter added 12 points for Mississippi State, which led by as many as 24 points.

Kianna Ibis had 16 points for the Sun Devils, who were vying for their first trip to the round of eight since 2009. It was the 11th straight victory for the Bulldogs.

Albany Regional

(1) Louisville 61, (4) Oregon State 44: Sam Fuehring and Asia Durr each had 17 points and the Cardinals (32-2) clamped down on defense again, beating the Beavers (26-8) in Albany, New York.

Louisville will meet UConn on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four. The Cardinals beat UConn 78-69 in late January.

Oregon State, 0-3 against Louisville, sputtered in the third quarter to fall behind by 16 and couldn’t recover in the rematch of a regional final last year that Louisville won by 33.

Mikayla Pivec, who entered the game averaging 19.5 points in the tournament for Oregon State, finished with 17 points, the only player in double figures for the Beavers, who matched their season low in points.

(2) UConn 69, (6) UCLA 61: Napheesa Collier had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Huskies (34-2) rally to beat the Bruins (22-13).

Trailing 50-49 entering the fourth quarter, the Huskies scored the first six points of the period to start a 15-4 run.

Crystal Dangerfield, who had a quiet night until the fourth quarter, had a nifty lefty-handed layup high off the glass during the spurt. She had nine points during the game-changing burst. She finished with 15 points, 11 came in the fourth quarter.

Katie Lou Samuelson, who had gone without a basket in the first three quarters, finally scored to cap the run. The senior stole the ball near halfcourt, drove in for a layup and was fouled. She hit the ensuing free throw and the Huskies held on for the win. Samuelson finished with six points on 1-for-6 shooting.

The loss ended a strong run for UCLA. The Bruins won 10 of their final 12 regular-season games after losing their top two scorers from last year to the WNBA in Jordin Canada and Monique Billings. The Bruins stumbled through two separate four-game losing streaks during the season, but got going in Pac-12 play. They made it to the conference tournament’s semifinals before losing to Oregon in overtime.

Japreece Dean scored 16 points to lead the Bruins.

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