No. 2 Oregon St. vs. No. 3 Florida St.
When: Saturday, time/TV TBA
CORVALLIS — Sydney Wiese celebrated her final game at Gill Coliseum by blowing kisses to the crowd and dancing to Abba.
She got a win, too, so her senior season lives on.
Wiese scored 13 points and second-seeded Oregon State advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 with a 64-52 second-round victory over No. 7 seed Creighton on Sunday.
Fellow senior Gabriella Hanson also had 13 points for the Beavers (31-4), who are making a fourth consecutive appearance in the tournament.
At center court after the game, Wiese and her teammates celebrated with the home crowd. Wiese danced to “Dancing Queen.”
“There’s a lot of emotions because we have poured so much into that place,” Wiese said. “It will always have a special place in our hearts and it will always be home.”
Added Hanson, who matched her season high for points: “It still hasn’t hit me yet.” In the postgame huddle, coach Scott Rueck handed Hanson the ball.
Sydney Lamberty had 19 for Creighton (24-8), which trailed by as many as 15 points.
Lamberty’s layup pulled the Bluejays within 54-48 with 6:42 left, putting Creighton’s bench on its feet.
Hanson and Mikayla Pivec each hit jumpers to answer for the Beavers.
Marissa Janning’s jumper got Creighton back within single digits, but Kolbie Orum’s baseline jumper gave the Beavers a 60-50 lead with 3:04 to go.
After a pair of Creighton free throws, Marie Gulich, who had 12 points and 12 boards, made consecutive layups for a 64-52 Oregon State lead — and the Bluejays could not catch up.
“We trailed nine times at half this year and won, which is one of the things that I love about our team, which is we are resilient and we compete and we fight and tonight was no different,” Creighton coach Jim Flanery said. “We played from behind the whole night, but we were never out of the game.
The Beavers, who had a distinct size advantage, jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the first quarter on Gulich’s jumper. Hanson’s 3-pointer gave Oregon State a 22-14 lead.
The Bluejays got within 23-17, but Hanson and Breanna Brown each hit layups to extend it again and the Beavers went into halftime with a 39-27 lead. In addition to Wiese and Hanson, Orum is also a senior and Breanna Brown is graduating but still has a year of eligibility left.
“That ovation at the end. That gives you chills. It gives me chills right now just thinking about it. That’s all a coach can hope for these girls,” Rueck said.