CMU Women Prep for Oregon, Sweet Sixteen

SPOKANE, WASH. – The Central Michigan women’s basketball program looks to continue its historic run this weekend in the Sweet Sixteen.

After posting wins over two top-25 teams in six-seed LSU (78-69) and three-seed Ohio State (95-78), 11-seed CMU (30-4) will take on second-second Oregon (32-4) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Spokane.

The Ducks made quick work of Seattle (88-45) and Minnesota (101-73) to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight year.

Oregon is making its 14th NCAA Division I tournament appearance since 1982. The Ducks fell to Connecticut in last year’s Elite Eight, which marked the first time in program history that Oregon had advanced past the second round. The Ducks have two WNIT championships to their credit, with the most recent coming in 2002.

“I think they have four kids, four players, in double figures. We have five,” CMU coach Sue Guevara said. “They’re very similar to what we are in that they love to get out and that they have five people who can shoot the three. Love the transition and they love the fast style of play.”

Sabrina Jonescu leads the Ducks with an average of 19.6 points per game, with Ruthy Hebard not far behind at 17.5. As a team, Oregon shoots 50.2 percent from the floor and 40.6 percent from 3-point range.

The winner of Saturday’s contest will face either top-seed Notre Dame (31-3) or four-seed Texas A&M (26-9) in the Elite Eight at 9 p.m. Monday.