EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks are feeling sweet again.
A year after making the first Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history, the UO women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament's third round again after Sunday's 101-73 second-round win over Minnesota before 7,576 fans in Matthew Knight Arena. The No. 2 seed Ducks knocked off No. 15 seed Seattle and then the 10th-seeded Gophers to reach this year's Sweet Sixteen.
Oregon (32-4) advanced to face the winner of Monday's game between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 11 Central Michigan. The Ducks are in the Spokane Regional, and will play Saturday at Spokane Arena.
Sunday's game matched two of the highest-scoring teams in the country, and it lived up to its billing from the start, with the Ducks taking a 30-22 lead after one quarter. But the Gophers struggled to keep up the rest of the way, with Oregon leading 51-36 at halftime, and 82-50 through three quarters.
Pac-12 player of the year Sabrina Ionescu followed her first-round triple-double with another spotlight-stealing performance. The sophomore guard finished Sunday's game with 29 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
Ruthy Hebard added 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks, who extended their school record for wins in a season to 32.