Off to the NCAA!

MONDAY 4CAST: Oregon women, Pac-12 men, Blazers, Winterhawks
Staff report
Oregon players celebrate winning the Pac-12 Tournament Sunday.
Associated Press photo

Oregon's fabulous season continued to get better Sunday as the women's basketball team beat Stanford and won the Pac-12 Conference Tournament for the first time.

Sabrina Ionescu had a career game at the right time, scoring 36 points in 38 minutes to lead the 77-57 win over the Cardinal at Key Arena.

Oregon, ranked sixth in the nation, trailed early, but led 18-17 after the first quarter and steadily pulled away to improve to 30-4 overall. The win avenged a 78-65 loss to Stanford in Eugene in February - the team's last loss.

Ionescu, who ended up as the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored 14 of Oregon's points in the first quarter and equaled Stanford's 17 points by scoring a three-point play to start the second quarter.

Next up, the Ducks head to the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced Monday, March 12, at 4 p.m. The West Regional is set to be played in Spokane, Wash.


Oregon and Oregon State got paired with the Washington schools for the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The Ducks, who beat Washington for their 20th win Saturday night, take on Washington State.

Oregon State takes on Washington in one of the other three first-round games.

Conference champion Arizona, USC, Utah and UCLA earned the first-round byes. Oregon, seeded sixth, will play Utah with a win. Oregon State, seeded 10th, would play USC.


Portland takes its six-game win streak to Los Angeles to take on the streaking Lakers having played all the way to the third seed in the Western Conference over the weekend.

With its win over Oklahoma City Saturday, Portland is 37-26 and a half-game ahead of New Orleans and Minnesota in the conference standings. The Blazers, though, are just two games ahead of eighth-place Denver.


The Portland Winterhawks scored a pair of home wins over the weekend, and now travel to Prince George, B.C., for games Tuesday and Wednesday night before returning home for a pair of games Friday and Saturday.