DURHAM, N.C. – Ruthy Hebard had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Oregon earned its first Sweet 16 berth by upsetting Duke 74-65 in the second round of the NCAA tournament Monday night.
Maite Cazorla added 17 points and Lexi Bando finished with 14 points to help Oregon (22-13) become the first No. 10 seed in a decade to reach the Round of 16.
The Ducks, in their first tournament since 2005, never had advanced past the second round in their 12 previous appearances. Now they’re on to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to take on third-seeded Maryland (32-2) in a regional semifinal.
Lexie Brown scored 25 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (28-6) – coached by Joanne P. McCallie, a former Maine coach – who have been upset at home in the tournament’s second round twice since 2014. They played without guard Kyra Lambert, who tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in the first round against Hampton.
CONNECTICUT 94, SYRACUSE 64: Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn (34-0) over Syracuse (22-11) at Storrs, Connecticut, in a second-round rematch of last year’s national championship game.
Nurse hit 10 of her 13 shots, missing three attempts from behind the arc for the Huskies, who won their 109th straight game and 26th consecutive NCAA tournament game. That streak includes last April’s 82-51 win over the Orange that gave the Huskies their fourth consecutive title.
STANFORD 69, KANSAS STATE 48: Brittany McPhee had 21 points, Alanna Smith added 19 and second-seeded Stanford (30-5) routed seventh-seeded Kansas State (23-11) at Manhattan, Kansas, to advance to the Cardinal’s 10th straight Sweet 16.
The Cardinal had no problem dealing with the Wildcats or their home crowd, which spent much of the game sitting in silence. Stanford roared to a 39-21 halftime lead and advanced to face third-seeded Texas on Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE 75, TENNESSEE 64: Asia Durr scored 23 points, Mariya Moore made all five 3-pointers for 19 points and Louisville (29-7) beat visiting Tennessee (20-12) in the second round.
Moore’s perimeter shooting provided a lift on a night that fourth-seeded Louisville had to work hard late to finish 44 percent from the field. She scored the Cardinals’ first eight points of the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3s for a 54-47 lead before Durr followed with seven of their next eight points to make it 62-51 with 4:07 remaining. Durr also became the 28th Louisville player to reach 1,000 career points.
BAYLOR 86, CALIFORNIA 46: Alexis Prince and Nina Davis each scored 16 points, and Baylor (32-3) is going to the Sweet 16 for the ninth straight year after beating California (20-14) at Waco, Texas.
Davis, one of the four Baylor seniors, also had six rebounds and five assists in her last game at the Ferrell Center, where the top-seeded Bears have won 12 consecutive NCAA tournament games. Prince added five rebounds and six assists, and Kristy Wallace had 10 points and nine assists.
WASHINGTON 108, OKLAHOMA 82: Kelsey Plum scored 38 points, adding another record to her career resume, and Washington (29-5) raced past Oklahoma (23-10) at Seattle to earn a berth in the regional semifinals.
The Huskies are going to the Sweet 16 in consecutive years for the first time in school history, thanks to an offensive showcase against the Sooners.