by Steve Mims
EUGENE, OREGON — Here is a recap of the most recent Oregon Athletics.
Oregon set a school record with its 16th straight victory by defeating Nebraska in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
It was a dramatic rally on national television for the ninth-ranked Ducks, who fell behind two games to one before winning the final two for a 14-25, 26-24, 22-25, 32-30, 15-11 win over the seventh-ranked Cornhuskers in Louisville, Ky. After a three-hour marathon match, Oregon advanced to the Elite Eight where it will face No. 4 Louisville on Saturday.
Freshman Mimi Colyer had 26 kills and 13 digs while Brooke Nuneviller added 16 kills and 15 digs for Oregon, which has not lost since Oct. 14. Georgia Murphy and Hannah Pukis combined for 41 digs as the Ducks broke the school record for consecutive wins set in 1980.
Oregon wrapped up a perfect 14-0 home record with first- and second-round wins in the NCAA Tournament last weekend.
Nuneviller had 13 kills, 11 digs and two aces to lead the Ducks to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-15 win over Loyola Marymount in the postseason opener. Colyer, the Pac-12 freshman of the year, also had 13 kills while Pukis had 36 assists and six digs.
The following night, Oregon rallied for a 19-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-9 win over Arkansas. Nuneviller had 19 kills and three blocks while Colyer added 15 kills, two blocks, and two aces.
Oregon opened Pac-12 play with a 74-60 how win over Washington State before losing 65-56 at UCLA.
N’Faly Dante had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead the Ducks past the Cougars. Will Richardson added 17 points and eight rebounds while Quincy Guerrier scored 12 points.
The Ducks built a 27-21 halftime lead over the 21st-ranked Bruins before losing the lead late in the game. Guerrier had 15 points to pace the Ducks while Richardson added 13 points and five assists.
Oregon is 4-5 as it returns home for a non-conference game against Nevada on Saturday.
The Ducks imposed to 6-1 with a 90-51 win over Portland at Matthew Knight Arena.
Chance Gray paced six players in double figures for the Ducks with 20 points. Phillipina Kyei had 12 points and 13 rebounds while Endyia Rogers also scored 12. Taya Hanson had 11 points and nine rebounds for Oregon while Grace VanSlooten and Te-Hina Paopao added 10 points apiece.
UO opens Pac-12 play at home against Oregon State on Sunday.
Steve Mims has spent 25 years as a sportswriter, including 21 years at The Register-Guard. He covered University of Oregon athletics from 2013-2020. He works in Eugene as a registered representative and insurance agent at PBC Insurance. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.