April 3, 2020.
A date marked on the calendar for Oregon women's basketball and their fans for nearly a year.
When Sabrina Ionescu returned to Eugene for her senior season in an Oregon uniform it was under the pretense of 'Unfinished Business.' To avenge the Ducks' loss to eventual National Champion Baylor in the 2019 Final Four, and win a National Championship.
But they needed to take care of business to get back to that stage, and they did.
Pac-12 Regular-Season Champions. Pac-12 Tournament Champions. Nation's No. 2 overall ranking. Clinched no NCAA Tournament games out of Oregon until the Final Four. Getting a chance to avenge their last season's end was all but guaranteed for the program.
That was until the spread of COVID-19 shut down the world of sports causing the NCAA to cancel all winter and spring championships, including the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, producing arguably the greatest what-if in Oregon athletic history.
Now, on the day they should be avenging last season and competing to make the program's first-ever National Championship game, the Ducks are sitting at home in quarantine. Wondering what could have been, including sophomore Taylor Chavez.
I wonder what today would’ve been like if today was like what it should have been.. pic.twitter.com/dfTlvXoVXw— Taylor Chavez (@Taylormichele3) April 3, 2020
The season's cancellation has to sting extra for Chavez who had to sit out last season's tournament with a foot injury.
The Ducks were confident heading into the tournament as well since they believed this was their season to win the National Championship, including senior Minyon Moore who was not shy saying how she felt.
The only way to stop us this year from winning the national championship was a global pandemic happening 🤷🏽♀️— Minyon Moore (@MinyonMoore) March 23, 2020
Lol I wish we could finish this season so badly, we obviously know who would have won the national championship this year 😂😂 go ducks https://t.co/aR5CqtVqTm— Minyon Moore (@MinyonMoore) March 23, 2020
When the NCAA's verdict came through and the team realized their dream season was finished, Chavez tweeted that the top four ranked teams in the country organize their own Final Four.
Us, South Carolina, Baylor, Maryland all meet up at some gym and have our own private Final Four pick-up style.— Taylor Chavez (@Taylormichele3) March 12, 2020
Even people not on the team are disappointed in the way this past season abruptly ended, including Oregon linebacker Troy Dye and defensive end Kayon Thibodeaux.
‼️‼️🚀🙁 https://t.co/cEOYoCzxLL— Troy Dye (@Tdye15dbTroy) April 3, 2020
Oh, what could have been...