UO release – EUGENE, Ore. — For the second time in three days the Oregon women’s basketball team knocked off a 2021 Final Four team Monday, as the Ducks followed up a dramatic overtime win over Arizona by blowing out Connecticut in Matthew Knight Arena, 72-59. After allowing a 10-0 run by the Huskies to open the game, it was all Oregon. The Ducks used an 18-0 run from late in the first quarter to early into the second to go up 26-14, and they ultimately led by as much as 24, at 67-43 early in the fourth. As of Monday, Oregon has now faced all four of last season’s Final Four teams from the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The Ducks lost 80-63 while shorthanded to South Carolina in November, fought gamely in an 80-68 loss at Stanford on Jan. 7 but pulled to .500 against the quartet with wins at home over Arizona on Saturday and UConn on Monday. The Ducks play at Washington on Friday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network).
CORVALLIS – Ellie Mack tied the game late in regulation and Talia von Oelhoffen hit the game-winner in the closing seconds of overtime, as the Oregon State women’s basketball team took down No. 22 Colorado 69-66 Monday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. “That game was fun – it was what we all sign up for,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “I’m just so proud of our team for finding a way. In this conference that’s what it is, night after night. Different people stepped up, different people had big performances. It was so much fun to work with this group today, as we continue to evolve as a very good basketball team. Colorado is a very good team, and they played at a really high level in the fourth quarter – and you have to give them a lot of credit. Overall I loved the performance of this team.” Mack finished a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor to end the afternoon with 16 points and seven rebounds. She also finished 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Von Oelhoffen ended her day with 17 points and three blocks. Taya Corosdale had nine points, five rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks, while Kennedy Brown came up with six points, four rebounds and three assists. Jelena Mitrovic had five points, six rebounds and three blocks, and knocked down her first collegiate 3-pointer, a vital basket late in regulation. The Beavers will hit the road this weekend for a game against Washington State Friday.