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As Oregon Ducks WBB continue to battle injuries, they remain battle tested

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The Oregon Ducks road to the Final Four isn't going to get any easier. 

Kelly Graves' squad advanced to its fourth straight Sweet Sixteen with a second-round NCAA Tournament win over Georgia in the Alamodome, 57-50 last weekend.

They'll take on No. 2 Louisville on Sunday. 

And any hopes that point guard Te-Hina Paopao may return were shut down on Friday. 

“She’s not going to be playing in the tournament,” Graves said.

The news isn't shocking. 

Paopao, who averaged 10.2 points and 4.4 assists, has missed the last four games due to a right foot injury. Graves said heading into the Pac-12 Tournament that they might not have her for the rest of the season. 

Now, the Ducks will move on knowing the freshman point guard is shut down. 

There's uncertainty with Jaz Shelley, as well, as the Ducks Sweet 16 match-up looms large. 

Shelley, who has averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 assists this season, has missed both of Oregon's NCAA Tournament wins due to an unspecified injury.

“Jaz is still day-to-day,” Graves said. “I’m not fully confident that we’re going to see her, either.”

Junior guard Taylor Chavez could see extended time after missing practice heading into the NCAA Tournament with an unspecified injury.

“Taylor seems to be doing much better, was able to give us a good lift in a few minutes against Georgia the other day,” Graves said.

She did play in both of Oregon's games this past weekend. Cahvez had three points, three rebounds, two assists and a block in 14 minutes of action against South Dakota. She recorded eight minutes of action against Georgia, but wasn't much of a factor in the win.

 

The Ducks have a tall task against No. 2 Louisville on Sunday. 

Dana Evans, the Cardinals' leading scorer, is a first team All-American and two-time ACC player of the year and is averaging 19.6 points and 4.0 assists.

She had double digit scoring the first 23 games this season. 

But, the Ducks have Sedona Prince. 

The 6'7" Texas native scored 22 points and added four blocked shots in Oregon's upset win over third-seeded Georgia to advance to the Sweet 16. 

It's March Madness. Anything can happen