While the Oregon Ducks are on their way to the Sweet 16, there’s another team in Oregon still dancing.
The Oregon State women’s basketball team survived the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a five-point win in overtime over No. 13 Boise State on Saturday. While the Beavers managed to see another day in March Madness, next up they’ll face their biggest test yet: the No. 5 Gonzaga Bulldogs.
The two teams have met just three times in program history with their last meeting coming in the NCAA Tournament in 2014, the year the Bulldogs upset the Beavers in the second round 76-64 to advance to the Sweet 16.
Beavers to keep an eye on
Leading fourth-seeded Oregon State is guard Mikayla Pivec, who scored a clutch bucket with 17 seconds remaining to send the Beavers to overtime against Boise State. The All-Pac-12 selection finished the night with 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Alongside Pivec, sharpshooter Aleah Goodman went 6-9 from the floor and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the line for 20 points. The Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year has now scored in double digits in eight of the last 11 games.
All-Pac-12 honoree Destiny Slocum has scored at least 15 points in 19 of her last 32 games, but was held to just eight points against the Broncos.
Bulldogs to watch
The Zags (29-4) strong inside game and red-hot three-point shooting will challenge Oregon State, who dominated the boards against Boise State.
Gonzaga is coming off a 68-51 win over No. 12 Little Rock, and a masterful performance from guard Katie Campbell. The junior was 5-of-6 from long range against the Trojans, and added seven boards, two blocks, one assist and a steal.
Senior forward Zykera Rice scored 18 points on 8-14 shooting along with six rebounds for the Zags. She scored 10 points in the final period to send Gonzaga to the round of 32.
The winner of Monday’s game will advance to the Albany Regional, where they’ll face top-seeded Louisville on Friday. Tip off for tonight's game is set for 6:00 p.m. at Gill Coliseum.