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Sweet 16!

Oregon State's women's basketball team is Sweet 16 bound, after beating Creighton 64-52 on Sunday night.

 CORVALLIS – The Oregon State women's basketball team punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 for the second-straight year, as the No. 2 seed Beavers knocked off No. 7 seed Creighton 64-52 Sunday evening at Gill Coliseum.
 
"I loved the way we scored in the first half," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "Hats off to Creighton for a phenomenal game and a phenomenal season. The atmosphere here was incredible all weekend. This was  great way to send off our seniors in their final game at Gill, and it was a great weekend for Beaver Nation."
 
Oregon State will now head to the Stockton Regional, where it will take on No. 3 seed Florida State in the Sweet 16 on Saturday.
 
The Beavers' pair of senior guards showed their experience as they led the way. Sydney Wiese finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Gabriella Hanson went for a season-high tying 13 points.
 
Junior Marie Gulich ended the evening with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Mikayla Pivec recorded nine points on 4-for-7 shooting and pulled down seven boards.
 
Overall the Beavers shot 42.6 percent from the floor, while the Bluejays shot 36.7 percent. Oregon State held a 45-32 advantage in rebounds.
 
Oregon State jumped in front early, taking an 11-4 lead mid-way through the first quarter. The Beavers would end the period up 17-10.
 
OSU continued to keep Creighton at bay in the second frame. The Beavers extended the lead to double-figures four minutes before the break, but Creighton would battle back to get back within five. Oregon State caught fire to end the half, taking a 39-27 lead into the locker-room.
 
The Bluejays got back within single digits early in the third quarter, but the Beavers answered by extending the lead back to 13 at the period's media timeout. Oregon State maintained the double-digit advantage heading into the closing frame.
 
Creighton refused to let up, getting back within six with 6:32 to play. The Beavers controlled the game from there, taking the win by 12.
 
The Beavers will take on No. 3 seed Florida State Saturday. Game time and ticket information will be posted at OSUBeavers.com when available.


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