How Oregon won: The final game of the regular season, the 27th win on the season, and finally, the No. 8 Oregon Ducks can crown themselves the Pac-12 conference champions with a 74-61 over the Arizona Wildcats in Tuscon, AZ. The Ducks won in typical Oregon fashion: feeding the sophomore beast, the NCAA record holder for consecutive field goals made with 33, down low Ruthy Hebard, who finished with 24 points.
It wasn't easy for Oregon with Arizona, lead by freshman forward Sam Thomas's 17 points and their star senior Jalea Bennett down low with 14 points, who stands second to last in the conference and with an upset mindset. The Wildcats never gave up and made a fourth quarter surge to put some pressure on the Ducks late.
But even with Arizona not giving up and fighting until the finish, the Ducks went on a 6-0 run in the final minutes, showing that the Ducks can finish a game even when the opposing team is gaining momentum. Senior guard Lexi Bando hit back-to-back clutch three-pointers to seal the game.
What it means: The Ducks will head into the Pac-12 conference tournament next weekend sitting pretty at the No. 1 seed. This is a huge advantage because lurking close behind the Ducks is: No. 16 Stanford, whom Oregon lost to this season; No. 10 UCLA, a proven challenge for the Ducks this season although the Ducks prevailed twice; and in-state rival No. 12 Oregon State, as the Civil War series split evenly between the Beavers and Ducks this season.
This is the first Pac-12 regular season title since the 1999-2000 season for the Ducks. Oregon also gets its 27th win this season, a record for Oregon basketball history.
High flying Ducks: Sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu was on triple-double watch once again, but fell just short recording 16 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. Bando finished with 15 points hitting 5-of-7 from three-point range. These four have been consistent for the Ducks all season long.
Foul play: Bando finished with three fouls.