The U.S. women’s basketball team suffered its first defeat to a college program in 20 years, falling 93-86 on Saturday to Oregon, which is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll.
It was an exhibition, but the U.S. starting lineup included Olympic champions Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus. A full box score is here.
The U.S. lacked some of its top bigs. WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart were not part of the four-game, eight-day college tour.
The Ducks, led by senior triple-double machine Sabrina Ionescu, became the second college team to beat the U.S. after Tennessee’s 65-64 win in 1999. The U.S. has played 44 games against NCAA teams since 1995.
Ionescu, who scored 30 points, is also a two-time reigning U.S. national champion in 3×3, a new Olympic event, making her a possible choice for either Olympic team.
The U.S. women, under new coach Dawn Staley, previously beat Stanford (95-80), Oregon State (81-58) and Texas A&M (93-63) in the college series.
The Americans are on a 46-game win streak between the Olympics and FIBA World Cup dating to 2006.
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Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen had an Olympic-themed celebration planned for his first touchdown since 2014.
Allen, who finished fifth in the 110m hurdles in Rio, cleared two more invisible hurdles in the end zone after his 77-yard scoring catch in Oregon’s 44-26 win over Virginia on Saturday night.
“I wanted to do something to incorporate the whole Olympic hurdle thing, and I think that was the best thing I could have done on a touchdown,” Allen told media. “It was pretty funny. My teammates got a kick out of it, too.”
Allen said he had been planning it for about a week.
“I was going to do it last week if I scored,” said Allen, who didn’t catch a pass in the season opener the previous Saturday. “It’s kind of a bigger stage this week because it was on ESPN. I think it was a little bit more funny.”
Allen, a 21-year-old junior, caught four passes for 141 yards Saturday, his best output since the 2014 season, one that ended with a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the Rose Bowl.
Allen appears unlikely to continue his NCAA track and field career, but that doesn’t mean his hurdling days are done.
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The most famous track and field venue in the U.S. may get an upgrade following the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
The University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, initially constructed for football in 1919, could be renovated ahead of its 100-year anniversary, funded entirely through private donations, according to a press release. The plan is to have it substantially completed before the 2017 NCAA Championships at the Eugene, Ore., venue.
On Thursday, a university board of trustees will discuss the first steps of an upgrade plan that would begin after next year’s trials, the sixth time Hayward Field will host the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Hayward Field’s current capacity is 10,500, according to the university’s athletics site, though that number can reach 20,000 with temporary seating. A renovation could lift seating to 30,000.
The cost is to be determined, and preliminary plans and designs would be completed by the end of 2015, according to the university.
Eugene, and presumably Hayward Field, will host the 2021 World Track and Field Championships, the first time Worlds will be in the U.S.
Hayward Field during the 2015 U.S. Championships (AP):
A rendering of what Hayward Field could look like in 2017 (courtesy University of Oregon):