Maryland women’s basketball clinched a spot in the Sweet 16 with a 27-point win Sunday over West Virginia, and the No. 3-seed Terps will play Oregon in the Bridgeport regional semifinals.
The No. 10-seed Ducks upset No. 2-seed Duke, 74-65, on Monday night, so a Maryland-Duke matchup, which would be Lexie Brown’s first time playing against her former team, isn’t going to happen after all. The Blue Devils lost guard Kyra Lambert to injury in their first-round matchup, and they couldn’t make it out of Durham without her.
Saturday’s game will tip off at either 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. UConn will play either UCLA or Texas A&M in the other contest. The regional final is slated for 7 p.m. Monday.
Oregon sits at 22-13 this season. The Ducks finished sixth in the Pac-12, but picked up a win over UCLA in the regular season and beat Washington in the conference tournament. They took down No. 7-seed Temple to start their tournament run on Saturday before knocking off the Blue Devils.
The Ducks’ two leading scorers both freshman. Ruthy Hebard, a 6’4 center, averages just under 15 points and 9 rebounds; she recorded 19 and 15 against Duke. Meanwhile, rookie guard Sabrina Ionescu puts up roughly 14 points per game and shoots over 40 percent from three. Oregon has a relatively inexperienced group, but should present an interesting challenge for Maryland.