Ducks, Beavers play on after death of Kobe Bryant
The death of basketball star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, cast a huge pall over Sunday's Oregon-Oregon State women's basketball game at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon won 66-57 to sweep the two-game Pac-12 series held over a three-day period.
But both teams, the Ducks especially, were consumed with thoughts of the Bryants, who were among nine dead in a Southern California morning helicopter crash.
"Everything I do, for him," Oregon standout guard Sabrina Ionescu said during a brief postgame televison interview. "(He was a) really close friend. And this season's for him."
Ionescu did not do any other interviews after the game.
"This was a tough day," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said.
Graves said Ionescu and Kobe were close personal friends over the past couple of years.
"It was really hard on her," Graves said. "It's like losing a family member."
The Ducks and Beavers observed a moment of silence before the game.
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