Oregon’s Cinderella run through the NCAA tournament came to and emphatic end with a 90-52 loss to the four-time defending national champion University of Connecticut Huskies Monday evening in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
That the victory was UConn’s 111th consecutive win is illustrative of the enormity of the upset it would have been had the Ducks found a way past Huskies and into the Final Four.
And top-seeded UConn wasted no time in asserting their dominance, racing to a 23-4 lead and never looking back. Oregon closed to within 13 points on a couple of occasions only to see the Husky juggernaut kick into gear once again, forcing turnovers and creating easy baskets to bury the Ducks.
Oregon connected on 22 of 52 from the floor (42.3%) while the Huskies hit 54.5% of their attempts on 36 for 66. UConn also had the advantage on the glass 36-26 and converted 22 Oregon turnovers into 32 points.
Freshmen Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard led the Ducks in scoring with 15 and 12 points respectively. The Huskies Napheesa Collier led all scorers with 28 and teammate Gabby Williams added 25.
Tenth seeded Oregon’s season concludes with a record of 23-14 and the deepest tournament run in program history while UConn will advance to the Final Four in Dallas in pursuit of a fifth consecutive national title.