Maite Cazorla and Oti Gildon played their final game together at Matthew Knight Arena.
Not surprisingly, they walked off the court together Sunday night with winning smiles after No. 2 Oregon defeated No. 10 Indiana 91-68 in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.
The Ducks’ two seniors have won more games — 111 and counting entering the Sweet 16 — than any players in program history.
Cazorla finished with nine points, three assists and no turnovers in her home finale. Gildon added eight points and three rebounds off the bench.
“I didn’t even really think of it. I was just excited to get a win,” Cazorla said. “Then after I looked at Oti and said, ‘Hey, this is our last game.’
“We hugged each other and then just enjoyed the win.”
During Saturday’s news conference, coach Kelly Graves predicted Gildon, who he has nicknamed “Miss March,” would have a strong performance against Indiana.
The 6-foot-1 forward helped make the Hoosiers pay for focusing their defense on stopping Ruthy Hebard.
“We’ve come to expect this out of Oti. She plays real well in the NCAA Tournament,” Graves said. “For whatever reason, she just really steps up her game. We needed her tonight. Ruthy was, I don’t think, 100 percent, and we didn’t do a great job of getting her the ball. I think she was a little flustered at times, too, got caught with some travel calls.”
Cazorla and Gildon aren’t done playing in front of Oregon fans. The Ducks will play either No. 3 Syracuse or No. 6 South Dakota State in the Sweet 16 on Friday at Moda Center.
“It was cool, especially it being my last game here, I was glad I ended on a good note,” Gildon said. “We’re trying to be the predators. We’re trying to make it to the Final Four, get our berth to the Final Four. So we’ve got to make sure we stay intense.
“We’re ready for Portland.”
Sabrina Ionescu’s 29 points matched the school's single-game record in the NCAA Tournament she set last year in the second-round win over Minnesota. Her 12 assists are the program’s single-game record in the tournament. … The Ducks improved to 20-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. … Oregon is 13-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with eight wins coming in the last three seasons. ... Indiana, which won the WNIT title last March, had its seven-game postseason winning streak snapped.
“She’s a terrific player. Her basketball I.Q. is off the charts,” Indiana point guard Ali Patberg said of Ionescu. “She knew exactly what we were doing defensively and where to pick us apart.”