Dana Evans scored 29 issues and No. 2 seed Louisville complicated to the Elite 8 of the ladies’s NCAA Event with a 60-42 win over sixth-seeded Oregon on Sunday evening.
The Cardinals will face best seed Stanford on Tuesday evening within the Alamo Area ultimate.
Louisville (26-Three) persevered its stellar defensive play, retaining Oregon (15-Nine) to 14 issues within the first part, together with six in the second one quarter.
Evans supplied the offense. After going scoreless within the first quarter, the All-The united states guard began to warmth up. Oregon had freshman Maddie Scherr guarding her within the opening length sooner than she harm her ankle and needed to pop out of the sport. Evans spoke back through scoring 13 issues in the second one and ended the length with a nifty pressure and dish proper sooner than the buzzer to present Louisville a 29-14 benefit on the spoil.
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Oregon rallied in the second one part, chopping its deficit to 10 after 3 quarters. The Geese have been down 41-33 with 50 seconds left within the 3rd after two loose throws through Nyara Sabally. However she went down with a left ankle harm 20 seconds later when she stepped on a teammate’s foot. Sabally needed to be helped off the court docket. She did not go back and completed with 14 issues.
The Geese were given inside 43-37 early within the fourth quarter, however seven directly issues through Evans — together with two deep Three-pointers — began a 13-Zero run that put the sport away.
Evans capped her evening with a fast-break layup off a impressive behind-the-back cross from Mykasa Robinson, who stole the ball with a minute left.
Oregon was once seeking to get to its fourth directly Elite 8 and 2nd consecutive Ultimate 4. The Geese had struggled heading into the NCAA Event, losing 5 of six sooner than attending to Texas.
Evans additionally struggled overdue within the season and hadn’t performed neatly within the first two video games of the match. She hadn’t scored greater than 15 issues in any of the 5 ACC or NCAA Event video games sooner than Sunday.
The Cardinals hadn’t performed neatly in the beginning of both in their NCAA video games. Trainer Jeff Walz joked sooner than the sport that he would alternate his pregame speech after the Cardinals trailed through 9 after one quarter within the first spherical in opposition to Marist and through 15 in opposition to Northwestern.
Louisville did not gentle it up early this time, both, however controlled a 10-Eight lead after the outlet quarter. The groups blended to shoot Nine for 35 within the first 10 mins.
The Geese neglected all 9 Three-point makes an attempt within the first part and completed the sport 2 for 18.
Oregon trainer Kelly Graves will shuttle to Indianapolis in make stronger of his son, Will, who’s a walk-on for the Gonzaga males’s workforce. The unbeaten Bulldogs will play in an Elite 8 recreation on Tuesday in opposition to both Southern California or Oregon.