Guevara on Oregon game: 'It's a track meet'


Head Coach Sue Guevara speaks during the press conference on March 23 at Spokane Arena.

After upsetting No. 6 LSU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Central Michigan women’s basketball only had two days to prepare for its next game. 

Without the extra preparation, the Chippewas dominated Ohio State, 95-78, in St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. 

This time, the Chippewas got a few more days to review the scouting report for the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.  

CMU (30-4) will take on Oregon (32-4) in Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington on March 24 at 6 p.m. Eastern time. The game is being televised on ESPN. 

When asked about what stood out in the Oregon scouting report, head coach Sue Guevara was able to point out a few things. 

“They’re big,” Guevara said. “They all can shoot it, and they are a very good passing team. They love to get out in transition.

“It’s a track meet.” 

Despite Oregon’s size, Guevara favors the matchup. 

“We match up pretty well with them,” Guevara said. “Our style of play is very, very similar. We’re just a little smaller. But we have five kids that can all shoot the three. We like to run, too.

“It’s going to be a fun game for the fans to watch and maybe a nightmare for me.” 

Multiple Oregon players stuck out to Guevara including senior guard Lexi Bando, sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu and sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard. 

“We’re going to follow Bando to the bathroom,” Guevara said. “That’s how well she can shoot it. Then, you have Ruthy inside. I think Ruthy is shooting 60 or 65 percent from the floor because she’s shooting layups.

“Are you going to double on Ruthy, then who in God’s name are going to leave open?”