No. 8 North Carolina beats No. 18 Oregon 85-79

No. 8 North Carolina beats No. 18 Oregon 85-79


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points during a fourth-quarter shooting flurry, and No. 8 North Carolina rallied several times in the second half to outscore No. 18 Oregon 85-79 in the semifinals. of the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday.

Hodgson scored 10 points in a 90-second span in the fourth quarter after it looked like the Ducks were about to pull away. Hodgson’s four-point play with 5:12 left gave North Carolina a 72-68 lead. Oregon pulled within 74-73, but Hodgson hit four free throws down the stretch, dunked around Destiny Adams’ basket, and the Tar Heels were able to hang on.

Alyssa Ustby added 19 points for North Carolina (5-0) and the Tar Heels put five players in double figures. Deja Kelly had 17 points, Anya Poole added 11 and Kennedy Todd-Williams 10.

Te-Hina Paopao led Oregon (4-1) with 18 points, Grace VanSlooten added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Jennah Isai scored 15 points. But the Ducks will rue the chances they had to put the game away, going ahead by 11 early in the second half and holding a 66-58 lead with 7:34 left after opening the fourth quarter with an 11-point run. -2.

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