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Louisville routs Oregon State 76-43 to reach Final Four

Oregon Ducks Sabrina Ionescu (#20) celebrates with teammates Sierra Campisano (#52) and Ruthy Hebard (#24). The Oregon Ducks defeated the Oregon State Beavers 75-63 on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 7,249 at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks and Beavers split the two game Civil War with the Beavers defeating the Ducks on Friday night in Corvallis. The Ducks had four players in double digits: Satou Sabally with 21 points, Maite Cazorla with 16, Sabrina Ionescu with 15, and Mallory McGwire with 14. The Ducks shot 48.4% from the floor compared to the Beavers 37.3%. The Ducks are now 7-1 in conference play. Photo by Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Asia Durr scored 18 points, Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 and top-seeded Louisville earned its first Final Four berth since 2013 with a 76-43 rout of No. 6 seed Oregon State on Sunday in the women’s NCAA Tournament Lexington Region final.

Playing its first regional final in four years, the Cardinals (36-2) never trailed in rolling to their 11th consecutive victory.

They outscored the Beavers 28-12 in the third quarter to break the game open and complete their run through the region by an average margin of victory of 27.5 points.

Sam Feuhring had 14 points and Arica Carter 10 for Louisville, which shot 48 percent. Players celebrated on the court before its red-clad following that traveled just under 80 miles east and hung around to watch them cut down the nets.

The No. 6 seed Beavers (26-8) struggled in their bid of adding Louisville to their remarkable run of upsets after previously ousting No. 3 Tennessee and No. 2 Baylor last week. Oregon State outrebounded Louisville 32-29 behind 6-foot-5 Marie Gulich (14 points, eight rebounds), but shot 35 percent in losing just their second game in the past 12.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon State: The Beavers initially succeeded in limiting Louisville’s scoring. But they couldn’t make baskets against a rotation of coverages on Gulich and tight defense on others, especially on the perimeter. Keeping pace with the Cardinals’ quickness was another struggle, especially during the pivotal third quarter in which Louisville took control.

Louisville: The Cardinals were a little too fast at the start, but made timely shots for an early edge. Hitting 3-pointers against Oregon States’ zone was huge in spreading things out, and they hit another gear in the third quarter to put it out of reach. Louisville reached the Final Four in 2009 and 2013, losing to UConn both times in the championship game.

UP NEXT

Louisville will face the Mississippi State-UCLA winner in Friday’s Final Four semifinal in Columbus, Ohio.

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