Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and the second-seeded Oregon Ducks advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 101-73 victory over No. 10 Minnesota in the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Sunday night in Eugene. The Gophers headed into the second trailing 30-22.
The Ducks will face either No. 3 seed Ohio State or No. 11 seed Central Michigan on Saturday in Spokane. Tennessee will miss the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program's 37-year NCAA Tournament history.
Ruthy Hebard added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks, who advance to the regional semifinals in Spokane. The game was within reach by halftime as OR was ahead by 8 points, 30-22.
With her fourth assist of the game, Ionescu broke the Pac-12 single season record of 278, set by Arizona's Brenda Pantoja in the 1995-96 season. But the Gophers struggled to keep up the rest of the way, with OR leading 51-36 at halftime, and 82-50 through three quarters.
Minnesota had the biggest lead in the game with an advantage of 38 at one point. The Gophers upset No. 7 Green Bay 89-77 in their first round game. Kenisha Bell had 24 of her 26 points in the second half as the Gophers rallied from 10 points down at halftime. Sophomore Taiye Bello also reached double figures by adding 10 points off the bench.
Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young had 24 points each and Marina Mabrey added 15 for the Irish (31-3), who held the Wildcats to just 27 second-half points in winning their 25th straight game at Purcell Pavilion. In 29 minutes, she collected 29 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 4 threes with 3 turnovers. It was the largest comeback ever in the second round of the tournament and the fourth largest ever.
OR jumped to a 21-13 lead after Ionescu's corner 3-pointer.
The third-seeded Lady Vols had been 57-0 at home with most of those victories coming under late Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, who led the team to eight national championships. She got a layup as the shot clock expired and a free throw to put the Ducks up 30-22 at the end of the first quarter.
Oregon: The Ducks pushed their total wins this season to 32, a record for coach Kelly Graves. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was at the game. Allazia Blockton had a career-high 34 points and Erika Davenport 11 for the eighth-seeded Golden Eagles (24-10).
Louisville will play Stanford or Florida Gulf Coast on Friday.
N.C. State will play the Oklahoma State-Mississippi State victor on Friday night.