The Oregon State University women’s basketball team made history on Sunday in their game against Tennessee.
Tennessee had never lost in the tournament on their home floor and they were 57 and 0 coming into the matchup, but they can kiss that record goodbye.
The Beavers took them down, shocking the Vols 66 to 59.
The crazy thing about the matchup was three of Tennessee’s best players are from Oregon and played basketball at Oregon high schools. Five years ago the number one high school recruit in the nation was Mercedes Russell out of Springfield and she choose to take her talents to Tennessee. Jaime Nared and Evina Westbrook followed suit in the following years.
That gave Tennessee three starters from Oregon and the Oregon girls showed out. Russell led the way with 21 and 14 but it wasn’t enough. The Beavers overcame an earlier deficit and clawed out a 7-point victory. The Beavers were led once again by senior Marie Gulich who put up 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.
OSU now marches on to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year where they will face 2-seed Baylor in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday.
The Beaver’s aren’t the only Oregon team moving on. The University of Oregon Lady Ducks got off to a fast start against 10 seed Minnesota and never looked back.
Led by sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu with 29 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, the NCAA’s all time leader in triple doubles almost messed around and got another. Fellow sophomore Ruthy Hebard added 22 and 10 and the Ducks were up by as many as 34 before clearing the bench. They finished with a 101 to 73 victory.
The Ducks will now head to Spokane, Washington where they will face Central Michigan the 11 seed on Saturday.
The boys’ basketball team at Madras High School is making a playoff run with the help of an unusual style of play they have dubbed “3-diculous”.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at how the White Buffaloes have used a fast-paced offense and high-pressure defense to become the top-scoring 4A team in the state.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom spent some time in Madras and Warm Springs to find out more about the little point guard with big dreams for her future on and off the court.
Here are your final highlights for Summit’s exciting 55-53 win over Corvallis to capture 3rd Place at State #inCorvallis. Thanks to Mike and Rick at All Seasons RV & Marine for their support of this weekend’s high school basketball coverage. And congrats to the Summit Seniors for a great ending to their high school careers! #skoStorm
Despite a valiant struggle and 16 points from Nick Mason, the Storm can’t keep up with the high-flying top-seeded Wilsonville #inCorvallis. Summit falls 67-43 as the Wildcats advance to 5A Finals. 2nd Half highlights brought to you by All Seasons RV & Marine. #SkoStorm plays for 3rd Place Saturday afternoon.