EUGENE – Lexi Bando scores 34 points to lead the Oregon Ducks to a 73-63 victory over Utah in Round 3 of the WNIT.
Bando was 6 of 11 from three-point land and was one point shy of setting a career high. Lexi Petersen netted 14 points and Maite Cazorla finished with 13 for the Ducks.
Emily Potter paced Utah with 21 points and 10 rebounds; Malia Nawahine finished with 13.
Oregon shot 47 percent from behind the arc, while Utah struggled only hitting 3 of 23 attempts. The Ducks were the best three-point shooting team in the nation this year at 41.7 percent.
This was the third meeting between the two Pac-12 foes this season with Oregon winning both prior games (77-65 at Utah and 69-58 in Eugene). The Ducks are now 14-9 all-time against the Utes and 10-2 in home contests.
Oregon will play the winner of TCU at UTEP, which is slated to tip tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET. Quarterfinal details will be announced immediately following the game.
Florida Gulf Coast 73, Tulane 61
FORT MYERS – The Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team earned its 31st win of the season and the program’s first-ever trip to the WNIT quarterfinals after a 73-61 win at home over Tulane. The Eagles have won 30 or more games in two consecutive seasons.
FGCU will host Hofstra in the quarterfinals on Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. ET. Hofstra is coming into the game after a 65-57 win over Virginia.
A-Sun Player of the Year Whitney Knight finished with a game-high 22 points and 10 boards for FGCU. Knight connected on seven shots from behind the arc. Leading scorer Kaneisha Atwater finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Tulane’s Kolby Morgan finished with 12 points surpassing the 1000-point mark for her career. She becomes the first underclassmen in program history and 27th all-time to reach 1000 points.
Tonight’s game marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Eagles never trailed in the game and hit 11 three-pointers in the win.
FGCU is making its sixth appearance in the WNIT and first since the 2013 season. The Eagles are now 6-5 all-time in WNIT games with wins over Drexel, George Washington, USF and now Bethune-Cookman, Wake Forest and Tulane. The team advanced to the second round in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2016 and will appear in its first-ever quarterfinal game.