Baylor defeats Oregon 72-67 in NCAA women's Final Four

Baylor guard DiDi Richards laughs as she runs to the back of the line during a practice session for their women's Final Four NCAA college basketball semifinal game against Oregon Thursday

Chloe Jackson scored the go-ahead basket with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as top-seeded Baylor advanced to the NCAA Women's Tournament championship game with a 72-67 victory over second-seeded OR on Friday night in Tampa, Fla. Cox made a pair of free throws to push Baylor's lead to 71-67 with 18 seconds left. We'll have a chance to look back on this and say and realize that this was an incredible season, incredible season.

About Oregon's "unfinished business", Ionescu wrote: "And I mean that from the bottom of my heart". But, hey, you're playing in the Final Four.

Sabrina Ionescu, the electric junior who holds the NCAA record for triple-doubles, led OR with 18 points in perhaps her last game for the Ducks, should she choose to leave early for the WNBA draft. "I think we're going to go down as one of the best teams in program history".

Ionsecu continued to lead the team to a narrow victory against No. 1 Mississippi State in the Elite Eight only to fall to top-seeded Baylor in the semifinals.

OR forward Satou Sabally looks to pass as Baylor center Kalani Brown defends during the second half of Friday's Final Four game on the NCAA Tournament in Tampa, Fla.

What's new? At a time when TV ratings for women's basketball are rising, the Ducks' Final Four appearance brings a fresh dose of excitement.

Though she was shocked and honored that Bryant had taken notice of her game, Ionescu said she realized something when watching it again on her way home after the Baylor loss. She also had six assists and four boards.




"How can you do a better job defensively on the 3-point line", ESPN's Holly Rowe asked Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey between the third and fourth quarters. The Ducks entered the game shooting 50.5 percent on the season.

"This is a program that's not going anywhere", OR coach Kelly Graves said.

Tied at 67 with less than a minute remaining, Ionescu used a screen from Hebard to create minimal separation from Landrum, who was able to get back in position to force an off-balance layup attempt. "We're going to make it back here". The Ducks jumped out to an 11-4 lead on the back of the three point shot.

OR actually got off 11 more shots than the Lady Bears, but shot just 37 percent for the game and 36 percent on 2-point field goals. Erin Boley added 14, including four 3-pointers, before fouling out.

She whipped around and gave Richards an ice-cold stare for just a moment before her teammates picked her up.

Little pieces of confetti that appeared to be falling from above an area above the scoreboard occasionally fell to the floor during the game and had to be removed during stoppages in play.

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