Lady Beavers score huge win

OSU's upset of Tenneesee on the road is a bracket-buster
Staff report
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Maybe the national rankings had it right.

Cast aside as a mere sixth seed despite being ranked 13th in nation polls at the end of the season, the Oregon State women’s basketball team beat third-seeded Tennessee - ranked just 12th - in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Oregon State women’s basketball team booked its third-straight trip to the Sweet 16 on Sunday, with a 66-59 win over the Lady Vols.
 
Senior Marie Gulich had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, and sophomore Mikayla Pivec led the Beavers with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Junior Katie McWilliams finished with 15 points and six assists, while freshman Taya Corosdale had seven points and nine rebounds.
 
Oregon State shot 45.7 percent in the contest, while holding Tennessee to 33.8 percent shooting. The Beavers also knocked down 19 of their 23 free-throw attempts.
 
The outcome marked Tennessee’s first-ever defeat in a home NCAA Tournament game, as they entered the game with a home postseason record of 57-0.

“I couldn’t be happier or more proud of this group,” Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck told reporters afterward. “The journey they have been on this year prepared us for this game. We knew we were going to have to deal with some adversity today, coming into a historic venue against an incredible team. All of our effort, all of our courage and all of our belief was on show today. This is a very special win not only for our team but for our program.”
 
The Sweet 16 appearance will be the fourth in Oregon State history. The Beavers will head to Lexington to continue their postseason run on Friday against second-seeded, and second-ranked, Baylor.
 
In a tight game, the Beaver offense exploded to end the third quarter, scoring the final nine points to open a 44-39 lead entering the fourth quarter.
 
Oregon State started off the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and extended the lead to 12 with 3:30 left to play. Oregon State maintained control from there.
 
The Beavers will look to continue their program success, which includes a trip to the Final Four in 2016.

Overall, the Pac-12 went 2-0 on Sunday with Oregon beating Minnesota in Eugene. UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State play today.

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