Seattle U is making its first tournament appearance, while Oregon has its highest seeding in program history and hopes this is the beginning of a long March campaign

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Seattle U vs. Oregon

4:30 p.m. Friday

Matthew Knight Arena

TV, livestream: ESPN2, WatchESPN

Records: No. 15 Seattle U (18-14) vs. No. 2 Oregon (30-4)

 

REDHAWKS

F Jacinta Beckley – 6-0, 12.5 ppg

F Alexis Montgomery – 5-10 , 18.9 ppg

C Kallin Spiller – 6-3, 9.2 ppg

G Kamira Sanders – 5-7, 11.9 ppg

G McKenzi Williams – 5-5, 3.7 ppg

 

DUCKS

G Sabrina Ionescu – 5-11, 19.4 ppg

F Ruthy Hebard – 6-4, 17.5 ppg

F Satou Sabally – 6-4 – 10.9 ppg

G Lexi Bando – 5-9, 10.2 ppg

G Maite Cazorla – 5-10, 11.1 ppg

 

SCOUTING REPORT

Seattle U has a tall task ahead – no NCAA women’s tournament No. 15 seed has ever beaten a No. 2 seed. … Oregon leads the series 9-0 all-time. The Ducks beat the Redhawks 82-62 in their last meeting on Dec 28, 2015 at Matt Knight Arena. … The two teams have never met in Seattle U’s Suzy Barcomb era … Seattle U is making its first tournament appearance after winning the WAC tournament championship for the first time in program history. … Oregon won the Pac-12 championship tournament in Seattle. …. Oregon’s No.2 seed is the best in program history. … All five Ducks starters average double digit points per game, and Oregon is fourth nationally with a 49.8 field goal percentage, and second with a 40.6 3-point field goal percentage. … Oregon is beating opponents by an average of 18.8 points per game. …  A win over Seattle U would give Oregon 31 wins and tie head coach Kelly Graves’ career single season wins record. … Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu is a first team All-American. … Oregon’s Satou Sabally is the Pac-12’sfreshman of the year. … Seattle U boasts the WAC’s last two freshmen of the year winners in Kamira Sanders (2016-17) and Seattle native and Lakeside High grad Kallin Spiller. … McKenzi Williams is another homegrown talent for Seattle U. The Auburn native and Riverside High grad has played 32 games and started nine as a freshman. Seattle U’s leading scorer, Alexis Montgomery, grew up in Beaverton, Ore. and was recruited by Oregon State. … The Ducks have two Washington natives on their roster: Junior forward Oti Gildon from Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep, and redshirt freshman Lydia Giomi from West Seattle HS.