THE GAME: Oregon State (24-10), which won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1995 on Sunday, will look for its second-ever trip to the Sweet Sixteen when it takes on No. 8/8 South Carolina (28-4) on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Seattle.
TRACKING THE BEAVS: The game will air live on ESPN2 with Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham on the call and be broadcast on a number of stations in the Beaver Sports Radio Network (KEX 1190AM in Portland, KICE 940AM in Bend, KEJO 1240AM in Corvallis) with Ron Callan at the mic. Live audio and live stats are also available on osubeavers.com and fans can follow @OregonStateWBB on Twitter for all game day information, including score updates, photos and observations.
ESPN INFO: The first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament are regionalized across ESPN’s family of networks. If you are watching Tuesday's game in the state of Oregon you will be able to watch the game on television on the designated broadcast network (Channels -- DTV 721, Dish Channel 146, Dish FullCourt 458) or digitally on that channel of WatchESPN. If you are watching the game out of market, you will be able to watch the game on ESPN3. A full coverage map and detailed information can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
OREGON STATE QUICK HITTERS: The Beavers are having their best season since the early 1980s. Some notes on what they’ve accomplished through Sunday’s victory over Middle Tennessee.
Oregon State’s 24 wins are tied for the most in school history (1982-83).
OSU’s 55-36 win against the Blue Raiders was their third in the NCAA Tournament and first since beating Tennesse State in overtime, 88-75, on March 17, 1995. Two of the the Beavers’ three tournament wins have come against schools from the state of Tennessee.
The Beavers held MTSU to just 36 points and 23 percent shooting. Both are Oregon State NCAA Tournament bests. The 36 points are the lowest for any team in the Big Dance since Notre Dame allowed just 35 points to St. Bonaventure in the 2012 Sweet Sixteen.
The win was OSU’s second in a row over a ranked opponent. The Beavers beat No. 20 Arizona State on March 2, 66-43. Oregon State has now defeated those last two ranked opponents by a combined score of 121-79 and has won two consecutive against teams in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2003. OSU downed No. 23 Washington, 100-86, on Feb. 20, 2003 and won its first game against a ranked foe the next season, against No. 19 Utah on Dec. 16, 2003 (71-62).
The last time OSU won a game against a top-10 team was on Feb. 17, 1995, when it beat No. 10 Washington 74-70. The Beavers haven’t defeated a team higher than No. 8 since taking down No. 3 Stanford on Feb. 6, 1992 (75-69).
Oregon State is now 2-5 against ranked opponents in 2013-14.
Ruth Hamblin’s five blocks were a new OSU NCAA Tournament record, surpassing the four Kim McGrew had against Tennessee State on March 17, 1995. She has now had five or more in each of the past five games and reached that number 14 times this season.
Hamblin leads the nation with 138 blocks this season and is second in blocks per game (4.06). Her 138 rejections are tied for 19th in NCAA single-season history.
As a team, the Beavers blocked 10 of MTSU’s shots, reaching double digits in that category for a school-record sixth time this season.
Sydney Wiese scored a career-high 26 points on Sunday, her sixth game of 20+ this season. That total tied for the second most in OSU NCAA Tournament history. Judy Spoelstra had 26 against LBSU on March 24, 1983 and Tanja Kostic put up 28 against Alabama on March 16, 1994.
Wiese hit six 3-pointers against the Blue Raiders, including going 5-for-6 in the second half. Those six triples tied Anette Mollerstrom’s OSU NCAA Tournament record from March 16, 1994 against Alabama. As a team, the Beavers’ 10 made shots from behind the arc are a new school record in the NCAA Tournament.
Wiese also has scored 492 total points this season, just 11 shy of Natalia Mattick’s OSU freshman record of 503 from 1990-91. The Beavs have had a 500-point scorer on 18 occasions previously, but not since Casey Bunn in 2006-07.
The freshman has made 110 3-pointers this season, which is already seventh on the school’s career list. One more make from behind the arc will tie Wiese for 21st in NCAA single-season history. Kyndal Clark of Drake (116) is the only player who has made more than Wiese this year. The freshman’s .437 3-point field goal percentage is 11th in the country.
Deven Hunter grabbed 11 rebounds, her ninth time in double figures this season and 13th in her career. She’s pulled down 10+ in three straight games and those 11 are tied for second most in OSU NCAA Tournament history. Hunter also handed out a career-high six assists.
With Ruth Hamblin battling foul trouble, Bre Brown and Sam Siegner played some big minutes for Head Coach Scott Rueck. Siegner’s 21 minutes were her most since appearing in 28 at Stanford on Jan. 5. Hamblin’s 13 minutes were her fewest since playing just 12 at Arizona on Feb. 2.
Scott Rueck is now 16-6 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. He was 15-6 in the D-III Tournament in 14 years as the head coach at George Fox.
In four years as the head coach at Oregon State, Rueck has a 4-1 record in Alaska Airlines Arena and, when including the Pac-12 Tournament, has a 6-3 record in the city of Seattle.
Tuesday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between Oregon State and South Carolina. The Beavers are 5-11 all-time against SEC opponents (6-13 when including Missouri and Texas A&M, but both meetings with those schools came before they joined the conference). Oregon State’s last win against an SEC foe came over Arkansas, 69-56, on Nov. 28, 2008 at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. The Gamecocks will be OSU’s second SEC opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Alabama beat Oregon State, 96-86, on March 16, 1994 in Tuscaloosa.