Long Beach State Set to Face No. 8 Oregon State in NCAA First Round
The Beach take on the Beavers on Friday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2
Complete LBSU Game Notes
No. 15 Seed Long Beach State (23-10) vs. No. 2 Seed Oregon State (29-4)
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 2 p.m. (PT)
Arena: GIll Colliseum (9,604)
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
Live Stats: StatBroadcast.com
Radio Talent: Jason Schwartz
TV Talent: Elise Woodward and Mary Murphy
Long Beach State Set to Face No. 8 Oregon State in NCAA First Round
The Long Beach State women's basketball team earned a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 2 seeded Oregon State, which is ranked eighth in the country, on Friday, March 17 at 2 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore., in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Elise Woodward and Mary Murphy on the call.
How They Got Here
Long Beach State punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big West Conference Tournament as a No. 2 seed with a 56-55 victory over No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara. The victory marked the Beach's first Big West title since 1991, and propelled LBSU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992 when the 49ers earned an at-large bid.
Oregon State won the Pac-12 regulalr season title and earned the top seed into the Pac-12 Tournament. In the championship game, the Beavers fell to No. 2 seed Stanford by a score of 48-43, but with a national ranking of No. 8 in the nation, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers will host the tournament in Corvallis, Ore.
• The Beach have won six of their last seven contests and own a 23-10 overall record.
• Long Beach State claimed the Big West Tournament title with a one-point victory over UC Santa Barbara for its fifth-ever Big West Championship and the first for the program since the 1990-91 season.
• The 49ers are making their 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since the 1991-92 season.
• With a 23-10 overall record, Long Beach State has secured its third straight 20-win season marking the first time since 1991 that the Beach has strung together three or more consecutive 20-win seasons.
• Raven Benton has done her job to cement herself in Long Beach State history as the senior eclipsed the 500 career rebound mark earlier this year becoming just the 13th player in LBSU women's basketball program history to enter the 1,000 point-500 rebound club. She is now up to 1,409 total points which ranks her eighth all-time at Long Beach State.
• Benton's name shows up in the Long Beach State record book on a number of occasions as her 419 made free throws are good for third all-time at LBSU and her 343 defensive rebounds rank her eighth in program history.
• Senior point guard Anna Kim became the 25th member in program history to tally 1,000 points in her career earlier this season. She has now amassed 1,118 career points to rank 19th all-time at Long Beach State. Kim is another constant in the record books as she ranks fourth all-time in three-point field goal percentage (37.3), sixth in games played (128), eighth in three-point field goals made (113), and ninth in free throw percentage (74.5).
• Madison Montgomery appears in the record book three different time as the senior forward ranks third all-time in games played (129), seventh in defensive rebounds (349), and ninth in blocks (119).
• Joining her fellow seniors in the record book is Jewelyn Sawyer who has accumulated 402 defensive rebounds in her four years at Long Beach State to tie for fourth all-time.
• Not to be outdone by the seniors on the squad, junior guard Jessica Gertz recently made her way into the Long Beach State record book with a three-point field goal percentage of 36.7 as she is now tied for eighth in the LBSU annals. Gertz also broke into the LBSU top 10 with 110 made three-point field goals.
• The Beach has led the Big West in steals in each of the last three seasons and is currently sitting atop the league with 321 which ranks them 30th in the nation.
• In addition to leading the league in steals, LBSU also leads the conference in turnover margin (+6.61), three-point field goals Mmade (261), and turnovers forced (20.58).
• LBSU tied a school record with 20 made three-pointers versus Cal State Fullerton, while Jessica Gertz led the way with a school record setting nine triples for a total of a career-high 29 points.
Scouting the Beavers
No. 8 Oregon State brings a 29-4 overall record into the NCAA Tournament as the Beavers have won seven on their last eight games and 14 of their last 16.
The Beavers rolled through the Pac-12 with a 16-2 record falling only to UCLA (66-56) and USC (70-50) en route to earning the top seed in the Pac-12 Tournament. There, Oregon State made it to the championship game where they dropped a 48-43 decision to No. 2 seed Stanford.
Oregon State is a defensively charged team that leads the Pac-12 in scoring defense as the Beavers limit their opponents to just 54.1 points per game which is also good for seventh in the country. They also hold their opponents to just 27.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc, which is also a league best and ranks 18th in the nation. The Beavers' rebounding margin (+10.8) and rebounds per game (43.27) also top the Pac-12 and rank fourth and sixth in the country, respectively.
Senior Sydney Wiese, who was recently named a Second Team All-American by ESPNW, leads Oregon State in scoring with 15.7 points per game. She also adds 4.9 rebounds per contest, 28 steals and a team-leading 151 assists. Marie Gulich is the Beavers' leading rebounder with 8.1 boards per game to go along with 10.0 points per game, 61 assists, 55 blocks and 14 steals. Breanna Brown leads the team with 59 blocks, while Gabriella Hanson tops the squad with 44 steals.
Series vs. Oregon State
Long Beach State and Oregon State will meet for the first time since 2010 and are facing off for just the eighth time in program history. The Beach hold a slight edge in the all-time series as they lead 4-3. However, the Beavers came out victorious in their last meeting seven years ago as they handed the 49ers a 71-39 loss. The two teams will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the second time ever. The first time they squared off on the national stage was in 1983 and Long Beach State ended Oregon State's season after earning a 92-72 victory in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
LBSU in the NCAA Tournament
Long Beach State is 18-11 (.621) when playing in the NCAA Tournament and are 1-0 when facing Oregon State in the postseason. The Beach are making their first appearance in the Big Dance since 1992 when they went 0-1 after dropping a 79-66 decision to Creighton in the First Round. Prior to the 25-year drought, the Beach were a regualr in the NCAA Tournament making 11-straight appearances between 1982 and 1992.
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