Ducks rally comes better late than never
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Whatever happens, the Oregon Ducks can take pride in the past two weeks. They closed the regular season with three consecutive wins to knock on the door of the NCAA Tournament.
'Here we are,' UO's Maarty Leunen says. 'We're looking good, feeling good.'
Oregon plays Washington State for the third time (6 p.m. Thursday) in the Pac-10 tournament.
• Oregon State, which concluded the first 0-18 regular season in Pac-10 history, meets Arizona at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Pac-10 tourney. The Wildcats have played the country's toughest schedule, but at 8-10 in league they might miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 24 seasons - unless they win the conference tourney.
• Portland State's Claire Faucher reached two milestones in Saturday's 72-62 win over Montana, the Big Sky Conference regular-season women's champion.
She set the Big Sky single-season assists record, topping the 251 by Montana's Brooklyn Lorenzen in 2003-04. She has 257 and leads the country at 8.9 per game.
Faucher had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple-double by a PSU player since the school joined the Big Sky in 1996-97. Kim Manifesto had the last Vikings' triple-double in 1994.
'This is a great accomplishment,' coach Sherri Murrell says. 'Claire has had a huge impact on our team's win total. She's a great player and a big reason why we've won 21 games this season.'
PSU (21-8, 11-5 Big Sky) tied for third in league with Montana State. The fourth-seeded Viks will play fifth-seeded Northern Colorado at Missoula, Mont., on Thursday in the Big Sky tournament.
• The season for the Portland men and women ended in the first game of the West Coast Conference tournament.
The Pilot women finished 15-15, after playing above .500 all season.
The Pilot men (9-22), who lost to Pepperdine 50-48 in overtime, lost 20 games for the second year in a row.
Sherrard Watson, a former walk-on from Sunset High, scored 17 points in his final UP game. He's the only senior, and the Pilots' two juniors, Walter Thompson and Marcus Carter, have not played much in their careers. So the Pilots hope brighter days are ahead.
• Former Lincoln High star Hannah Oken-Berg led Carleton to the NCAA Division III tournament, but the Knights lost in Friday's first-round game 61-52 to Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Oken-Berg, a 6-2 junior, led Carleton in scoring this season with 12.5 points per game and ranked second in rebounds with 5.8. … Forward Chelsie Morrison, a 5-11 junior from Central Catholic, paced Seattle University in scoring (11.6) and blocks (21 in 27 games).