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NCAA Tournament: Season Ends For Oregon Women After Sweet 16 Loss

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The playoff run in the 2021 NCAA Women’s Tournament is over for No. 6 seeded Oregon after their 60-42 loss to No. 2 seed Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday in San Antonio.

The Ducks were down 29-14 at the half and rallied to come within six in the fourth quarter. Oregon shot 2-of-18 from three-point range and 32% overall, which wasn’t enough to match the Cardinals’ 41% shooting.

The Ducks (15-9) lost two starters to ankle injuries during the game- Maddie Scherr went out in the first quarter, and Nyara Sabally in the third quarter.

Sabally and Erin Boley finished with 14 points each, and Sedona Prince scored 10. Boley also had 11 rebounds to record a double-double in her collegiate finale. Fellow senior Lydia Giomi also played her last game with the Ducks, playing seven minutes.

Coach Kelly Graves said "I don't think a month ago many people thought we'd be here. We were the youngest team in the field, and I think we have a championship makeup with the players we have. We just weren't good enough in this tournament to continue on. But the chance we had to play three games in this tournament, and win a couple, will do us well in the future."

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.