Oregon women roll past PSU
Defense and rebounding carried the Oregon Ducks to a 38-point win over Portland State on Friday in a first-round NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament game at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Game time has not yet been announced. The winner advances to the Portland Regional and will play on Friday at Moda Center.
The 78-40 wins advances the second-seeded Ducks to a Sunday second-round game with 10th-seed Indiana at Matthew Knight Arena.
Portland State made only four 2-point baskets in the game, which saw Oregon take control in the second quarter.
Ruthy Hebard had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four steals and Satou Sabally 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Ducks, who improved to 30-4.
Sabrina Ionescu had 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Portland State, which qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 by winning the Big Sky Tournament, finishes 25-8.
Ashley Bolston, one of four Viking seniors, scored 19 points in her final college games.
Oregon outrebounded PSU 51-25, scored 18 second-chance points and had a 38-8 advantage on points in the paint.
Portland State shot 24.5 percent (12 of 49) including 8 for 28 on 3-pointers.
"I was impressed with our energy right from the start, especially defensively. I thought tonight we were on point," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "If we want to go far in this tournament, our defense has got to be special or up to par at least."
Oregon shot 46 percent (29 of 63) including 8 of 23 from 3-point distance.
Hebard and Sabally each had 14 points at halftime, when Oregon led 43-23.
Hebard was able to get a lot of one-on-one looks inside and was 7 of 10 in the first half. Sabally was 6 for 8 from the field in the first half as the Ducks shot 60 percent from the field in the first half, including 3 of 8 on 3-pointers.
"(Hebard and Sabally) in particular had big-time games, and I just thought they were terrific," Graves said. "Satou, in particular, when she plays like that, we become a different team. She's crashing boards and is active. And it was great to see Ruthy get a double-double, which she seems to do like clockwork."
Oregon outscored Portland State 21-8 in the second quarter
Oregon made nine steals in the first half, four of them by Hebard, and forced 10 PSU turnovers.
Portland State's one lead was at 3-2 when Bolston made a 3-pointer 47 seconds into the game. The score was tied twice in the first quarter, including at 13-13 before Oregon closed the period on a 9-2 run.
Portland State coach Lynn Kennedy said the experience should make the returning players at PSU hungry.
"Well, we have tears in that locker room. I think this made us hungrier," Kennedy said. "We didn't play our best basketball tonight, but give Oregon credit I mean they're a great team, but we didn't play our best basketball."
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