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Oregon State women reach Final Four


TRIBUNE PHOTO: JIM COWSERT - Oregon State guards Jamie Weisner (foreground) and Sydney Wiese embrace after the Beavers held off Baylor 60-57 Monday night at Dallas to advance to the Final Four.DALLAS —The Oregon State Beavers stunned the favored Baylor Bears 60-57 in an Elite Eight women’s basketball game Monday night at American Airlines Arena.

OSU will face three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut in Sunday’s Final Four at Indianapolis.

The No. 2-seeded Beavers (32-4) led most of the way and were on top 16-11 after one quarter, 34-25 at the half and 48-47 going into the third quarter.

Baylor’s press — and more its ability to penetrate and use its inside strength for shots and second-chance points — got the No. 1-seeded Bears (36-2) going better after halftime.

The Bears took a 51-50 lead with about seven minutes to go — their first time in front in about three quarters of play.

For Oregon State, guards Jamie Weisner and Sydney Wiese scored 16 and 18 points, respectively, and center Ruth Hamblin had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Hamblin picked up her fourth foul late in the third quarter.

Guard Alexis Jones led Baylor with 19 points.

The game was tied 57-57 with less than two minutes to go, when Weisner picked up her fourth personal, called for a charge. Baylor stepped out of bounds on its next possession. Weisner missed a 3, but the Beavers stole a pass with 50 seconds left and called timeout with 40.6 seconds remaining.

Wiese drove and got a foul, but made only one of two free throws.

Baylor missed from close range, Hamblin rebounded, and the Bears fouled intentionally with 7.3 seconds left. Wiese made both shots for a 60-57 lead, and the Bears couldn’t get a contested 3 to go down at the buzzer.TRIBUNE PHOTO: JIM COWSERT - The Oregon State bench erupts after a first-half basket by guard Sydney Wiese (right), as the Beavers upset Baylor 60-57 in the NCAA Women's Tournament Elite Eight at Dallas.