Corvallis, Ore. — The Creighton women’s basketball team gave No. 8 Oregon State a battle in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 19 but the Beavers came out with the 64-52 win.
Creighton closed its season at 24-8 overall, while Oregon State moved on to the Sweet 16 in Stockton, Calif. with a 31-4 mark.
Playing in front of a packed house of Beaver fans the Bluejays understandable had a few jitters at the start. Oregon State took advantage, grabbing a 11-4 edge by the opening media timeout. Senior Marissa Janning hit a running jumper to calm her teammates down when play resumed. The two squads exchanged buckets throughout the remainder of the period with Oregon State holding a 17-10 lead after the first quarter.
Creighton’s offense started to pick up steam in the second period, but each time the Bluejays started to peck into the lead the Beavers would find an answer. Creighton got as close as five early in the second via a running jumper from junior Sydney Lamberty (19-14 with 7:40 on the clock), but Oregon State got the next four to push back out by nine. The Bluejays closed within five once more with 3:22 left on consecutive layups by sophomore Audrey Faber and freshman Jaylyn Agnew (28-23), but the Beavers closed the half on an 11-4 burst to hold a 39-27 lead at the break.
Down 50-35 midway through the third, Creighton got five straight on a trey from Faber and two free throws from Lamberty to make it 50-40 (2:03). The two squads exchanged buckets to send the contest to the fourth with Oregon State in front 52-42.
Consecutive buckets from senior Brianna Rollerson and Lamberty early in the fourth, forced Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck to use a timeout with the Bluejays down just 54-48 (6:42). Rueck was able to hold the Bluejays at bay with back-to-back buckets and went on to collect the 64-52 win.
Lamberty led all scorers with 19 points in the game, while Rollerson just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Oregon State got 13 points from Gabriella Hanson and Sydney Wiese.