Oregon State women to face Nebraska in NCAA Tournament second round

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So far, the Corvallis pod of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament has gone chalk, with No. 3 Oregon State taking down No. 14 Eastern Washington, 73-51, while No. 6 Nebraska survived No. 11 Texas A&M shortly after, 61-59.

The Beavers and Cornhuskers will now meet at Gill Coliseum in the Round of 32 at 1 p.m. on Sunday, with the game to be televised on ESPN.

What to know about Nebraska’s season

The Cornhuskers (23-11, 11-7 Big Ten) had an up-and-down regular season, which included an upset win over then-ranked No. 2 Iowa at home, but also several losses to unranked teams and a fifth-place finish in the Big Ten conference.

Nebraska played its best basketball late, however, winning three straight in the Big Ten tournament before losing to Iowa in the championship game, 94-89. The Cornhuskers took down back-to-back tournament teams in Michigan State and Maryland to advance to the title game, before losing a heartbreaker to Caitlin Clark and the Hawkeyes.

Players to watch

The show starts and begins with point guard Jaz Shelley for the Cornhuskers. The fifth-year player and former Oregon Duck has two career triple-doubles, a program record, and averages 13.7 points, 5.6 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game at the lead guard spot.

Outside of Shelley, star big Alexis Markowski averages 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, and freshmen Natalie Potts and Logan Nissley average 10.6 and 6.7 points, respectively, for the Huskers.

For Oregon State, Raegan Beers is the undisputed focus of the Beaver attack, averaging over 17 points and 10 rebounds per game in the post. Talia von Oelhoffen helps run the show at guard, and freshman guard Dominika Paurova has come on strong of late off the bench to give the Beavs a spark.

Last time out

The Beavers got off to a slow start, but outscored No. 14 Eastern Washington in the first round of the tournament on Friday, 24-9, in the second quarter to pull away for the win. Paurova was key, scoring a career-best 17 points, while Beers scored 19 points and hauled in nine boards.

Nebraska, meanwhile, had a much tougher time in a 61-59 win over Texas A&M. The Cornhuskers built up a double-digit lead in the second half but let the Aggies crawl back into the game, until a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt from Endyia Rogers came up short.

Freshman guard Nissley came up big for the Cornhuskers, scoring 16 points and hitting four 3-pointers in the win, while Shelley struggled from the floor in a 2 for 11 shooting performance with five points. Markowski scored 16 points and had six rebounds while the Huskiers held the Aggies to 36.1% shooting from the floor.

The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to play in the Regional Semifinals in Albany, New York, next weekend.

Alec Dietz covers University of Oregon football, volleyball, women’s basketball and baseball for The Register-Guard. You may reach him at [email protected] and you can follow him on X @AlecDietz.


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