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Ionescu will return for senior season with Ducks

Ionescu will return for senior season with Ducks

Baylor outscored OR 11-3 over the final 6:12 of the game, and the Ducks were 1-for-13 from the floor during that run.

The Oregon Ducks come into the Final Four as the most "inexperienced" of the last teams standing, but that's only because they're joined by top-seeded Baylor, Notre Dame (2018 National Champion), UConn (UConn).

In its Elite Eight victory against Iowa on Monday, the Bears held the Hawkeyes to just 32.1 percent shooting and won by 32 points, becoming just the third team to win each of its NCAA tournament games by at least 25 points on the way to the Final Four since the field expanded in 1994. Kalani Brown led the Bears with 22 points, and Lauren Cox had 21 points and 11 rebounds.

"The feeling is unreal", Brown said.

Neither Notre Dame, UConn, nor Baylor, have the entire roster of the United States of America 3×3 World Cup team on their side. The Fighting Irish beat CT in the other semifinal.

OR reached the women's Final Four for the first time and after taking Baylor to the final minute the Ducks vow to return to the sport's biggest stage. We made the Elite Eight (and lost close). Baylor was going to focus on the Ducks' guards.

"There was nothing to draw up". "There were no magical words to say".

Ionescu averaged 19.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game this season.

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After Jackson's layup, Cox made two free throws, and Brown finished with a foul shot in the closing seconds.

I came to the University of OR as a freshman in 2016-2017. "We certainly belonged to be here", Graves added. I just don't know if we ever got our game going. "If we can get here again, or sometime soon, now we'll have a little bit of experience and that always helps". No other team in the country has two of them. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey isn't concerning herself with perceptions.

Ruthy Hebard made a layup, Boley connected on a jumper and Maite Cazorla sank a 3-pointer to give the Ducks a 64-61 lead with 6:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. "I told them we were going to come back here and we were going to come back as a team".

OR made program history this year and will be in position to build on it next year.

Cox, a Flower Mound native and two-time SportsDay Girls Basketball Player of the Year in high school, saw some game action as a freshman. This one - the latest chapter in perhaps the greatest rivalry in women's basketball over the past decade - provided a fitting encore.

Boley drained a 3-pointer to give OR a 55-52 lead with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter before Brown answered with a jumper on the next possession. The teams then traded the lead five times over the next few minutes.

The opening semifinal at sold-out Amalie Arena was billed as old school vs. new school - a matchup of contrasting styles, with Baylor hoping to exploit a size advantage inside with an imposing frontcourt of the 6-foot-7 Brown and 6-4 Cox, and OR looking to test the Bears' ability to defend the 3-point line.