Oregon’s season is over because Washington beat them. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 63-59 in the Great 8 of the WNIT on Sunday afternoon, 26 March 2023, at Seattle’s Alaska Airlines Arena. Te-Hina Paopao had 14 points and Taya Hanson had 12.
Oregon (20-15) started strong with a 21-13 first quarter in which it shot 50% from the field and held Washington to 29.4% shooting, including 0 for six from three-point range.
During the second, things changed drastically. Grace VanSlooten had to leave the game because she hurt her hip, and both Phillipina Kyei and Taylor Hosendove got into foul trouble.
Even though neither team shot well in the second, UW led 30-29 at halftime because Dalayah Daniels scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half.
Oregon shot only 35.5% for the game, losing the battle for rebounds 49-34. Paopao scored 11 points and grabbed all three rebounds in the first half.
Endyia Rogers only had seven points. She made just two of twelve shots from the field, one of five from three-point range, and made both of her free throws.
Rogers shot the worst he had in his two years at Oregon. He ended a streak of 13 games in which he scored ten or more points and was held under 10 for just the sixth time this season.
Hanson made three of her four three-point shots after the half, including one that put Oregon ahead 35-32.
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From 4:00 to the end of the third, Washington (19-14) was in the lead. VanSlooten’s two free throws brought the Ducks to within 52-51 with 6:08 left, but the Huskies scored eight straight points to put the game out of reach.
The teams split the four games they played against each other during the season, and UW will play at Kansas in the WNIT semifinals.
Oregon was among the first four teams to be kicked out of the NCAA Tournament. It also didn’t make it into the final four teams in the WNIT.
Hosendove, Hanson, and Ahlise Hurst are leaving the Ducks because they have reached the end of their eligibility. They will be replaced by Sofia Bell, Sarah Rambus, Sammie Wagner, who started at UO in January, and Bella Hamel, who transferred from Lane Community College.
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— Washington Women’s Basketball (@UW_WBB) March 27, 2023
Rogers has until about 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday to tell the WNBA if she is giving up her last year of college eligibility to enter the 2023 WNBA draft. Paopao also has until about 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday to tell the WNBA if she is giving up her last year of college eligibility to enter the 2023 WNBA draft.
They have similar skills, and in the last two seasons, they have rarely done well against ranked opponents simultaneously.
Rogers hasn’t said what she plans to do next season, and Paopao wouldn’t know if Rogers coming back would change her mind about whether or not to come back for a fourth season at UO.
Source- Oregon Live