SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - Oregon’s run in the NCAA Tournament ended in the Sweet 16 against Louisville. The Ducks showed great fight in the contest, but poor three-point shooting (2-of-18) and an unfortunate injury to starting forward Nyara Sabally proved too much to overcome.
Louisville didn’t fare much better than Oregon from downtown, finishing 28.6 percent from deep (4-of-14). But the Cardinals eventually were able to improve their field goal percentage to 41.3 percent while limiting the Ducks to 32.1 percent. Senior Dana Evans, the back-to-back ACC Player of the Year, found her shot as the game went on and finished tying her career-high with 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting.
Erin Boley and Nyara Sabally led the charge for Oregon with 14 points apiece and 18 combined rebounds, and Sedona Prince was the only other Duck to score in double figures with 10 points. Taylor Mikesell and Sydney Parrish, who each tallied two points, were the only other Oregon players to score.
The first quarter was a rough one for the Ducks: starter Maddie Scherr suffered an ankle injury and Prince picked up a couple of penalties which forced her to be benched. Already down freshman Te-Hinaa Paopao, Kelly Graves was forced to once again shuffle his lineup.
The Cardinals built a 29-to-14 lead at the half, but the Ducks rallied by outscoring them 19 to 14 in the third. However, the Ducks also lost Sabally in the third quarter due to an ankle injury. To their credit, they cut the lead to six early in the final frame despite the injuries to two of their starters, but a 13-0 Louisville run put the game out of reach for the Ducks.
Seniors Erin Boley and Lydia Giomi likely played their final game in a Duck uniform and will retire as part of the dream team led by Ionescu and Hebard that put Oregon Women’s Basketball on the map. Our hearts go out to Nyara Sabally and we wish her a speedy recovery.