Oregon reaches its first women’s Final Four

first_img “I’m never amazed at anything she does really, after three years,” Graves said. “You just expect the incredible.”The Bulldogs went up 15-8 early, but Sabally hit a 3-pointer that closed the gap as Oregon relied on its perimeter game. Oregon finished with 13 3s.Ionescu’s 3-pointer tied it at 19, but the Bulldogs had free throws to make it 21-19 at the end of the first quarter. The Ducks hit five of eight 3-pointers in the opening period alone.Oregon pulled in front 30-27 on Cazorla’s 3-pointer in the second quarter. The Ducks led 40-38 at the break. Ionescu led all scorers with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: As Ionescu cut down a piece of the net, fans at the Moda Center chanted “One more year!” at the junior guard, who has been dogged by rumors she may skip her final year to go pro.Teaira McCowan had 19 points and 15 rebounds in her final game for the Bulldogs (33-3), who had played in the NCAA title game for the past two seasons. Two of Mississippi State’s losses this season were to Oregon, and the first one was a true road game in Eugene.It certainly had the feeling of an away game for Mississippi State, even though the Bulldogs wore their home whites. Attendance at the Moda Center was announced at 11,534, with the vast majority cheering on the Ducks — a tough draw for a top seed.“For us, man, I just can’t be prouder of my team today. You talk about competitive, tough. I just thought my team just fought tooth and nail today in a really hostile environment,” Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer said. Share: GO Oregon reaches its first women’s Final Four Beats Mississippi State 88-84 in regional final By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press Ionescu’s jumper put Oregon up 78-73 with just under three minutes left. After McCowan made a pair of free throws, Ionescu added a 3 that put the crowd on its feet and essentially put it away for the Ducks.Bre’Amber Scott’s layup with 54 seconds left pulled the Bulldogs within 81-77, but Maite Cazorla answered with a 3-pointer for the Ducks. Jazzmun Holmes’ jumper cut the margin to five points with 26.4 seconds to go, but Mississippi State could not catch up.Oregon also beat Mississippi State in December, ending the Bulldogs’ streak of 46 consecutive regular-season nonconference wins.Ionescu averaged 19.6 points, 8.3 assists and 7.5 rebounds going into Sunday’s game. The Pac-12 Player of the Year has 18 career triple-doubles, an NCAA record among men and women, including eight this season. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Hebard was tasked with guarding McCowan, but she had two fouls and went to the bench midway through the second quarter. But she opened the second half with a layup, and Ionescu added another to give the Ducks a 44-38 lead. Andra Espinoza-Hunter made a 3-pointer to close the gap.Oregon held the edge until Howard’s layup put the Bulldogs in front 54-53.Mississippi State got a scare late in the quarter when McCowan went down hard on a layup attempt and stayed on the floor for several moments. She went to the bench holding the right side of her chest.“A loss is a loss, you know? It doesn’t feel good,” McCowan said. “But I’m proud of my team, my coaching staff we got this far. We had a great season. Nothing to hang our heads on. Yeah, it hurts, but we’ll be OK.”BIG PICTUREOregon: The Ducks lost to eventual champion Notre Dame in last year’s Elite Eight. … With her first basket of the game, Sabally went over 1,000 points at Oregon. … Hebard finished with 14 points.center_img Subscribe Today PORTLAND — Off to Oregon’s first appearance in the Final Four, guard Sabrina Ionescu set the theme for the second-seeded Ducks.“All I gotta say is we’re not done yet,” Ionescu said after she had 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in Oregon’s 88-84 victory Sunday over top-seeded Mississippi State.Satou Sabally had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (33-4), who head to Tampa, Florida, to face the winner of Monday’s game between top overall seed Baylor and Iowa.At the final buzzer, Ionescu jumped into teammate Ruthy Hebard’s arms and coach Kelly Graves flashed an “O” with his hands to the crowd. The Ducks had been eliminated in the Elite Eight the past two seasons. Published: March 31, 2019, 2:42pm Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu celebrates a regional final victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Portland, Ore. Oregon defeated Mississippi State 88-84. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola) Photo Gallery Share: Mississippi State: The Bulldogs fell short in their bid to become the seventh team to reach the Final Four three straight years. … The 6-foot-7 McCowan, the SEC Player of the Year, was averaging 18.3 points and 13.5 rebounds and should be an impact player in the WNBA. … Holmes added 15 points and 13 assists for the Bulldogs, and didn’t have a turnover. “The first thing that jumps off is 13 assists and no turnovers, in an Elite Eight game, I’m never getting off my soapbox about that kid,” Schaefer said. “What an injustice to have an award and she’s not one of the top five in the country, it’s a joke.”IONESCU’S BIG 3Ionescu was asked afterward to go through the 3 she hit with just over a minute left.“That was going in, regardless, there’s no other way to say it,” she said, drawing laughs. “I wanted to finish this game off the right way. We’ve come so far. We played so hard that entire game and I knew it was my time to hit a big-time shot.”WHO’S NEXT: BAYLOR OR IOWABaylor (34-1) reached the Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years with a 93-68 victory over South Carolina on Saturday, while Iowa (29-6) advanced with a 79-61 win over North Carolina State for the Hawkeyes’ first Elite Eight berth since 1993. The Final Four game against the Ducks is set for Friday night. 3 Photos By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.last_img read more

Thunder baseball clinches state spot

first_img Mountain View’s Quinn Rooks celebrates a sixth-inning double in an 8-3 win over Peninsula in the 3A bi-district tournament Saturday at Propstra Stadium. (Joshua Hart/The Columbian) Photo Gallery Joshua Hart Columbian staff writer 10 Photos Tags “I was just looking dead red fastball,” Rooks said. “It was a 3-0 count and I was just trying to hit my pitch low and away.”Rooks was 2-3 with a double and two runs to go with his homer. Isaiah Parker and Selden also doubled and Andrew Gulliford went 2-2.“They’re good hitters and they understand the game,” Coiteux said. “They just played well.”After a five-run fifth inning, which featured Trono’s steal of home, an Aaron Hsu sacrifice fly and Moen’s RBI single to center field, the Thunder was well on the way to a bi-district semifinal date with South Sound Conference’s No. 3 seed Timberline (12-10), which beat Pierce County League top seed Wilson 4-0 Saturday. Share: The first batter of Saturday’s 3A bi-district baseball game, Peninsula’s Reid Sturn ripped a ball to the left side of the infield. Mountain View’s Gavin Trono dove hard to his left, snagged it cleanly and tossed over to first base for the out.It gave the Thunder and staff ace Andrew Selden all the confidence they needed to roll to an 8-3 win over the Seahawks at Propstra Stadium. The victory clinches a state spot for the Thunder (20-1), its fourth this decade and second in three years.“The first freaking play of the game, the diving stop and throw. That’s awesome,” Mountain View coach Aaron Coiteux said. “Once you see that behind you, you’re like, ‘OK. I don’t have my best stuff but my defense is going to be there.”Selden wasn’t his peak self Saturday, but he gritted out five innings. He struck out seven and allowed just two runs and four hits. He also walked four. That game is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma. The championship game is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. that day.“We’ll celebrate for a little now but once Monday comes we have to practice, and stay humble and hungry,” Trono said. “We have bigger goals.”Aaron Hsu closed out Saturday’s game with two innings of one-run ball. The Thunder tallied nine hits and committed one error. Moen had an RBI walk in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-2, and Parker and Selden hit doubles in the first inning to put the Thunder on the board. GO Share: His defense was superb. Trono replicated his diving stop in the fourth inning and Garrett Moen had a sliding catch in center field.“When those plays come along, you have to be ready for them,” said Trono, who walked twice and stole home. “It’s playoff baseball. I have to make those plays for my team.”Offensively, it took awhile for the Thunder to get going against Peninsula ace Trent Buchanan. The Seahawks (15-6) opted to conserve the junior hurler for the afternoon outing. and escaped with a 3-1 win over Bethel in the opening round Saturday.Buchanan struck out three in 4.1 innings, before being removed shortly after Quinn Rooks belted his team-leading fourth home run of the season over the left-field wall to give the Thunder a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. Mountain View ThunderVideo Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Thunder baseball clinches state spot Defense helps propel Mountain View to 8-3 win By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. By Joshua Hart, Columbian staff writer Published: May 4, 2019, 9:05pm joshua.hart@columbian.comlast_img read more

Tamil Nadu awaits clearance to salvage 36 trawlers in Sri Lanka

The operation should have begun on September 10 but was delayed for want of clearance, the sources said. The State government had also sanctioned about Rs. 20 lakh for salvage operation – towards fuel and repair costs and ration for the salvage team members.A sum of Rs. 15,000 had been offered for each mechanised boat and Rs. 10,000 for each country boat for repair work, they said. Based on the report submitted by the team, the State government prepared a list of salvage team members to bring back 36 boats – 11 belonging to Rameswaram fishermen, 24 to Nagapattinam fishermen and one owned by Pudukottai fishermen. The Tamil Nadu Government is awaiting clearance from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to salvage 36 trawlers impounded by the Sri Lankan Navy in March 2015 and ordered to be released by the Government of the island nation last month, The Hindu newspaper reported.After the Sri Lankan Government ordered the release of 42 boats – 36 belonging to Tamil Nadu fishermen and six to Karaikal fishermen – a seven-member team, led by G. S. Sameeran, Additional Director of Fisheries, inspected the condition of the trawlers from August 17 to 20 and decided to salvage them. Immediately, the Fisheries department prepared a list of 36 boats, 242 fishermen and technical persons to tow the boats back to shore and sent the proposal to the MEA, official sources said. The first batch of 15 boats, 93 fishermen and technical persons would leave immediately after getting clearance from the MEA.The second batch of 21 boats, 149 fishermen and technicians would leave after three days, they said.A three-member official team, led by the Deputy Director of Fisheries, would accompany them. The ICG had been asked to be in a state of readiness, they said. The Puducherry government would send a separate team to salvage the six boats from the Union Territory, the sources added. The boats have been berthed in Kankesanthurai, Karainagar, Mannar and Trincomallee in northern Sri Lanka and Puthalam in the west. (Colombo Gazette) Indian Coast Guard (ICG) would escort the teams up to International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and hand them over to the Sri Lankan Navy to be escorted to the ports. read more