Ducks upset Duke in women's NCAA
Oregon 74, Duke 65
At Durham, North Carolina
The Oregon Ducks, a Pac-12 tournament semifinalist, pulled off a big upset in the NCAA Women's Tournament on Monday night.
The 10th-seeded Ducks knocked off host Duke, improved to 22-13 and earned the school's first appearance in the Sweet Sixteen.
Oregon will meet No. 3 Maryland on Saturday.
It was Duke's first home loss of the season.
Ruthy Hebard (20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds), Maite Cazorla (17 points, six assists), Lexi Bando (14 points, five assists) and Sabrina Ionescu (13 points, eight rebounds, six assists) got and kept the Ducks into a flow most of the way.
Duke, a second seed, finished its season at 28-6.
Oregon had a 9-4 lead and a 19-14 edge after one quarter, with Duke struggling to finish shots around the basket.
The Blue Devils missed all seven of their 3-point tries in the first half and trailed 31-26 at the break.
Hebard, getting some good looks off Oregon passes, made 5 of 6 field-goal attemps in the half for 10 points, equal to Cazorla, who was 3 of 5 from beyond the arc by intermission.
Duke hit its first 3 of the second half, and a few moments later Bando made a 3, after missing all of her previous five attempts from that range.
With six minutes left in the third quarter, the Ducks had their biggest lead, 40-31.
Hebard scored a turnaround from the key just before the third-quarter buzzer to lead 53-42.
Back-to-back corner 3's by Bando and Cazorla gave the Ducks a 59-44 advantage just under the eight-minute mark.
Oregon missed three of four free throws inside the final minute and then fouled a Duke 3-point shooter, who made all three foul shots to cut the Ducks lead to 68-63 with 26.7 seconds to go.
The Ducks, making their first NCAA tourney showing since 2005, got fouled immediately, and Ionescu sank two for a 70-63 lead.
The Blue Devils converted a putback with 13.9 seconds remaining, then fouled two seconds later. Ionescu was the shooter again, and she made two again.
After a screening foul on the Blue Devils, Ionescu went to the free-throw line one more time, sinking two for the final margin.
Linfield 6, Lewis & Clark 2
Linfield 8, Lewis & Clark 4
The Wildcats completed a two-day, four-game sweep.
The Pioneers fell to 4-16 overall and 3-7 in the Northwest Conference, with an eight-game losing streak.
The Wildcats are 12-7, 9-5 NWC.
The second game did not count in the league standings, because it was a makeup from the scheduled season opener.
Ben Beck was 2 for 4 in the opener for L&C, Chandler and Akira Abderrahman each drove in a row, and Andrew Yarak pitched six-plus innings.
In the nightcap, Matt Donovan hit a two-run home run for the Pios.
Whitworth 11, Lewis & Clark 9
Whitworth 6, Lewis & Clark 4
At Huston Sports Complex
The host Pioneers led 9-4 after four innings of the first game, fueled in part by a pinc-hit, two-run double from Emily Drevdahl.
The Pirates iproved to 16-4 overall and 7-1 in the NWC, while L&C fell to 1-13, 1-9 NWC.
After two rounds of the Battle at Eagle Glen Invitational, Concordia is 10th out of 19 teams at Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona, California.
The Cavaliers are at 31-over-par 607. BYU-Hawaii leads at 572.
Ryan Melnychuk (7-over 151) is tied for 29th and two ahead of teammates Dylan Cramer and Phillip Kennedy with one round to go on Tuesday.
Concordia is 14th out of 18 teams after the opening day of the Otter Invitational hosted by Cal Baptist at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside, California.
Dallas Baptist leads at 10-over 298. Concordia shot 330.
The Cavaliers' Cammie Decker is tied for 15th after a 5-over-par 77, with 18 holes to play on Tuesday.