LAS VEGAS — It was the most lopsided home loss of Tara VanDerveer’s legendary career.
Oregon 88, Stanford 48.
The top-seeded Ducks (29-3) will face a highly motivated Cardinal (27-4) in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game on Sunday at MGM Grand Garden Arena (5 p.m., ESPN2).
"From that point on, we've grown as a team, we've grown as a unit," Stanford guard DiJonai Carrington said.
Stanford has won eight consecutive games since Oregon’s historic win on Feb. 10 at Maples Pavilion.
“We beat them at their place, but I think they’re going to come out really ready and excited to face us and give us their best shot,” said Sabrina Ionescu, who was the most valuable player of last year’s conference tournament and is averaging 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists through two games of this tournament. “That’s only going to make us better, and we’re going to have to fight adversity in that game as well and dig deep into our tank.”
Oregon, the back-to-back Pac-12 regular-season champion, had to grind out a 77-63 win over Arizona in the quarterfinals and escaped with an 88-83 overtime win over UCLA in Saturday’s first semifinal.
Stanford beat seventh-seeded California 72-54 and 11th-seeded Washington 72-61. The Huskies upset No. 6 Utah in the opening round and stunned No. 2 Oregon State in the quarterfinals.
“It points to the depth of our conference,” VanDerveer said. “If that’s No. 11 in our conference, wow.”
The Cardinal is 44-5 all-time in the Pac-12 Tournament, including 12-3 in the final, but lost to the Ducks in last year’s championship game.
Ionescu scored 36 points to lead Oregon to the 77-57 win over Stanford in Seattle.
“Oregon has a great team. We know this,” VanDerveer said. “They have terrific players, a great system. They’ve demonstrated that throughout the season.