OSU women rout Florida State in NCAA opener
Oregon State's hot streak continued in the first round of the NCAA Women's Tournament, as the Beavers routed Florida State 83-59 Sunday at San Marcos, Texas.
The eighth-seeded Beavers (12-7) won for the ninth time in the past 11 games, and earned the right to play No. 1 South Carolina (23-4) in the second round of the Hemisfair Region on Tuesday.
It was a close game early against the ninth-seeded Seminoles — 16-16 after one quarter — but the Beavers took control in the second quarter and never looked back.
Senior leader Aleah Goodman scored on a layup, followed by a Taya Corosdale 3-pointer and another Goodman layup, and it was a 25-19 lead early in the second quarter. By the end of the quarter Oregon State had outscored the Seminoles 25-9 and made 11 of 15 shots in the quarter to lead 41-27. The Beavers shot .548 in the first half, led by Goodman, who had 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and they outrebounded the Seminoles 26-16.
Florida State shot .286 in the first half.
Goodman, a point guard from Milwaukie, had 24 points, five assists and five rebounds. The nation's second-best 3-point shooter (49%), she made 3 of 5 shots from behind the arc. Taylor Jones had 18 points and eight rebounds and Sasha Goforth 14 points.
The Beavers shot .552 from the field (7 of 15 3-pointers), while holding the Seminoles to .361 shooting, and won the rebound battle 43-26.
"I'm just so proud of this team, especially after the first quarter, a feel-out quarter," Goodman told ESPN after the game. "We came out in the second quarter and locked down, especially defensively. It was special, something we've been harping on."
The Seminoles (10-9) had beaten Louisville 68-59 on Feb. 21, obviously showing their potential, led by Morgan Jones' 26 points and 10 rebounds. But, the Beavers limited to Morgan Jones to just two points in the first half (and four in the game).
Bianca Jackson had 17 points for Florida State, which had not lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament since 1990. Brooke Wyckoff is serving as FSU interim coach, as Sue Semrau is on leave to take care of her ailing mother.
South Carolina is coached by Dawn Staley and was the No. 1-ranked team (ahead of Oregon) last March when the COVID-19 pandemic led to cancellation of the NCAA tourney. They won the 2017 national championship.
The Gamecocks beat Mercer 79-53 in the first round. Aliyah Boston and Victaria Saxton each had 20 points against Mercer; Boston had 18 rebounds. Zia Cooke (15.8 points/game) is the leading scorer and Boston is averaging 13.8 points and 11.2 rebounds. Destanni Henderson is averaging 12.1 points.
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