Ore­gon frosh vi­tal in up­set of Terps

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Ore­gon’s young play­ers say they feel ex­cited and loose. They play that way, too.

Sab­rina Ionescu scored 21 points, fel­low fresh­man Ruthy He­bard had 16 and the 10thseeded Ducks con­tin­ued their im­prob­a­ble run through the NCAA Tour­na­ment with a 77-63 vic­tory over No. 3 Mary­land on Satur­day.

Ore­gon put five play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures on its way to the first re­gional fi­nal in pro­gram his­tory. It will play No. 1 seed UConn on Mon­day.

“We’re just ex­cited about ev­ery­thing,” Ionescu said. “None of our kids have ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like this. So, I think we’re just ex­cited to ad­vance and be able play an­other day and see where that takes us.”

Bri­onna Jones and Sha­tori Walker-Kim­brough each had 16 points for Mary­land (32-3).

The Terps, who av­er­aged more than 90 points a game to lead the na­tion, were held to their low­est point to­tal this sea­son. They turned the ball over 21 times, lead­ing to 18 Ore­gon points.

“I just think it was just one of those days,” said guard Des­tiny Slocum, who fin­ished with nine points and five turnovers. “We kind of lost our game, and I think, even though this was a low-scor­ing game, we were try­ing our best, do­ing any­thing we could do. I don’t think there’s re­ally an an­swer for it.”

UConn 86, UCLA 71 B

bridge­port, conn.» Napheesa Col­lier had 27 points and 14 re­bounds to help No. 1 UConn beat No. 4 UCLA, putting the Huskies in the Bridge­port Re­gional fi­nal.

The vic­tory was the 110th straight for the Huskies, who will face 10th-seeded Ore­gon on Mon­day night.

South Carolina 100, Quin­nip­iac 58 B

stock­ton, calif.» Kaela Davis, A’ja Wil­son and No. 1 seed South Carolina over­pow­ered NCAA Tour­na­ment sur­prise Quin­nip­iac from the open­ing tip, scor­ing the first 16 points and ad­vanc­ing to the Stock­ton Re­gional fi­nal by beat­ing the 12th-seeded Bob­cats.

Florida State 66, Ore­gon State 53 B

stock­ton, calif.» Ivey Slaugh­ter had a ca­reer-high nine steals to help Florida State dis­cover its best de­fense, and the third-seeded Semi­noles erased a deficit and ran into the Stock­ton Re­gional fi­nal with a win over sec­ond-seeded Ore­gon State.

Jes­sica Hill, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Con­necti­cut’s Katie Lou Sa­muel­son shoots around the out­stretched arm of UCLA’s Kennedy Burke dur­ing Satur­day’s game in Bridge­port, Conn.

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