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Oregon Ducks Reach 1st Women's Final Four

<p>Sabrina Ionescu scored 17 points and notched 11 assists in the Oregon Ducks' Sweet 16 win over South Dakota State on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.</p>

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Sabrina Ionescu scored 17 points and notched 11 assists in the Oregon Ducks' Sweet 16 win over South Dakota State on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m. PT) — Thanks to another stellar performance from Sabrina Ionescu and a lift from a home-state crowd, Oregon is heading to its first women's Final Four.

Ionescu had 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the second-seeded Ducks beat No. 1 seed Mississippi State 88-84 on Saturday.

Satou Sabally had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (33-4), who head to Tampa to face the winner of Monday's game between top overall seed Baylor and Iowa.

At the final buzzer, Ionescu jumped into teammate Ruthy Hebard's arms, and coach Kelly Graves flashed an 'O' with his hands to the crowd. The Ducks had been eliminated in the Elite Eight the past two seasons.

Teaira McCowan had 19 points and 15 rebounds in her final game for the Bulldogs (33-3), who had played in the NCAA title game for the past two seasons. Two of Mississippi State's losses this season were to Oregon — the first one a true road game.

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