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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Even if it was being played a couple hours north of campus, it felt like a home game for No. 18 Oregon with the namesake of the tournament, and a former women’s national player of the year sitting courtside.

That made the response North Carolina coach Courtney Banghart saw from her team even more impressive.

Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points during a fourth quarter flurry of shot-making, and No. 8 North Carolina rallied on multiple occasions in the second half and topped Oregon 85-79 in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday. The Tar Heels will face No. 5 Iowa State in the championship game on Sunday.


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