LEXINGTON- It was an incredible night here in Lexington, Kentucky. For the second straight game in the NCAA tournament the Oregon State Beavers proved the pundits wrong. After ending Tennessee's 57-0 record at home in NCAA Tourney play, the Beavers ended #2 Baylor's 30-game winning streak with a dramatic 72-67 victory. The lone senior on the team, Marie Gulich was outstanding again.....26 points and nine rebounds. The Beavers had a 59-50 lead with 3;50 to go but the Bears weren't through. They cut the OSU lead to 69-67 with 27 seconds to go. However, Mikayla Pivec, driving through the paint spotted a wide open Katie McWilliams in the left corner. She drained a huge three-pointer With 12 seconds to go. Baylor couldn't answer and so the Beavers are heading to the Elite 8 for the second time in three years. Below is the official release from Oregon State Athletics.
The Oregon State women's basketball team punched its second ever trip to the Elite Eight Friday evening, as the Beavers topped No. 2 Baylor 72-67 in Lexington, Ky. "I can't say enough about this team, coming into another situation and game where you're playing an unbelievable team in Baylor that has so much ability, so much talent, such high expectations," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "Hats off to Baylor for just continuing to fight and never going away. So proud of the fight and the courage it took to get the W today. I'm excited and honored that I get to coach this team again." Senior Marie Gulich led the way yet again, putting up 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting to go with nine rebounds. Kat Tudor hit four 3-pointers to tally 16 points and eight boards. Freshman Taya Corosdale hit three triples to record 11 points. Junior Katie McWilliams finished with seven points, including a vital 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to help secure the victory. Sophomore Mikayla Pivec filled the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Oregon State shot 45.3 percent in the contest, compared to 39.4 percent for Baylor. The Beavers also held the edge in rebounding 38-37. Baylor came up with the contests first basket, but the Beavers responded with seven unanswered points to go in front early. Oregon State held the lead for the remainder of the opening frame, as OSU ended the first quarter up 20-15. The defenses clamped down to start the second period, as the Beavers headed to the media break up 25-23. Baylor would quickly retake the lead after the TV timeout. The sides went back-and-forth from there, as BU took a two-point edge into the intermission. Oregon State battled back to retake the lead less than four minutes into the second half. The two sides traded baskets for most of the third quarter, before Oregon State carried a 49-47 advantage into the closing frame. The Beavers extended the lead to nine mid-way through the fourth quarter. Oregon State maintained the lead from there to take the win by five.