Notre Dame, Oregon advance to Spokane Elite 8

Notre Dame 90, Texas A&M 84

No. 4 Texas A&M came out strong but quickly lost their steam late into the second quarter after No. 1 Notre Dame went on a nine-point run.

Once the Irish secured the lead they never looked back, setting themselves up for a spot in the Elite Eight.

Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale each contributed 25 points for Notre Dame and Jessica Shepard had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Irish shot 75 percent from the field compared to 55 percent for the Aggies.

This will be Notre Dame’s second straight appearance in the Elite 8 and will be facing Oregon on Tuesday to battle for a trip to the Final Four.

Oregon 83, Central Mich. 69

Oregon returned to the Elite 8 for the second consecutive year with a strong showing over Central Michigan.

The Ducks gained the lead late in the first quarter and held it consistently throughout the following three quarters of play.

The Chippewas couldn’t handle the heat from Oregon forward Ruthy Hebard, who came out hot and finished the game with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Duck star guard Sabrina Ionescu was shy of a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists.

Oregon is seeking revenge on UConn, who routed them in last year’s Elite 8. But first, they must face the Irish to win their region.

South Carolina and UConn face off Monday at 7 p.m. ET, and Oregon and Notre Dame take the floor at 9 p.m. ET.