No eight-seed in the women's NCAA Tournament is more dangerous than Oregon State.
The Beavers routed Florida State 83-59 in the Round of 64 to advance to the program's seventh consecutive second-round appearance under Scott Rueck. The Beavers head coach remains undefeated in the first round in Corvallis (7-0).
Aleah Goodman continued her stellar senior season scoring 14 first-half points to go along with four rebounds and three assists heading into the locker room. In total, she finished with 24 points on 8-12 from the floor.
Additionally, the Seminoles could not contain Taylor Jones, who was playing in her native state. She had 11 points at halftime thanks to perfect pick-and-rolls with Goodman and establishing deep post position. She finished with 18 points.
Star freshman Talia von Oelhoffen added seven points off the bench including an impressive reverse layin late in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, on the defensive end, Oregon State forced Florida State to take several long, contested midrange jumpers which were largely bricked. For the game, Florida State shot 35.5% from the floor.
The Beavers used a 16-3 run during the second quarter to create distance between them and their opponent. Florida State never cut meaningfully into the lead for the remainder of the game.
Next up, the Beavers will play No. 1 seed South Carolina (23-4) in the second round on Tuesday, March 23rd.