Raven Benton and Long Beach State nearly made history.
With 5 seconds left and the 15th-seeded 49ers down by a point, Benton let go on a jumper that she thought looked good. All eyes were on the ball as it hit the back of the basket and bounced away, and second-seeded Oregon State hung on for a 56-55 first-round victory Friday in Stockton Regional play of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in Corvallis.
A No. 15 seed had never defeated a No. 2 in tournament history.
Afterward, 49ers coach Jody Wynn consoled her near-Cinderella team.
“I told them they deserved to win – and they felt the same way,” Wynn said.
Breanna Brown scored 12 points while Mikayla Pivec and Marie Gulich each added 10 points for Oregon State (30-4), which was also seeded second last season when they made a run to the Final Four.
Benton finished with 17 points Long Beach State (23-11). Madison Montgomery added 15.
The 49ers took over the lead on Jessica Gertz’s 3-pointer with 2:48 left, but Sydney Wiese hit two free throws to put Oregon State back in front 56-55 with 1:07 to go.
Long Beach State tried to manage the clock, but Benton missed a long jumper with 5 seconds left and Anna Kim’s 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the backboard, ending the upset bid.
Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said the story of the game was Long Beach.
“This is a good team,” he said about the 49ers. “You throw seeds out the window.”
(7) Creighton 76, (10) Toledo 49: Marissa Janning had 15 of her 19 points in the first quarter and the Bluejays (24-7) built an early lead and routed the Rockets (25-9) in Corvallis.
(1) South Carolina 90, (16) UNC Asheville 40: Allisha Gray scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks (28-4) over the Bulldogs (19-15) in Columbia, South Carolina.
(8) Arizona St. 73, (9) Michigan St. 61: Quinn Dornstauder scored 16 points to lead the Sun Devils (20-12) past the Spartans (21-12) in Columbia.
(3) Florida State 87, (14) Western Illinois 66: Shakayla Thomas scored 23 points and the Seminoles (26-6) beat the Leathernecks (26-7) In Tallahassee, Florida.
(6) Missouri 66, (11) South Florida 64: Sierra Michaelis scored 16 points, including the winning basket with 0.6 seconds remaining, and the Tigers (22-10) rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat the Bulls (24-9) in Tallahassee.
(1) Notre Dame 79, (16) Robert Morris 49: Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale scored 15 points each to help the Irish (31-3) beat the Colonials (22-11) in South Bend, Indiana.
(9) Purdue 74, (8) Green Bay 62: Ashley Morrisette scored 20 points, Dominique Oden added 13 and the Boilermakers (23-12) defeated the Phoenix (27-6) in South Bend.
(3) Texas 78, (14) Central Arkansas 50: Brooke McCarty scored 15 points and the Longhorns (23-8) overwhelmed the Bears (26-5) in the first half before cruising to a victory in Austin, Texas.
(6) North Carolina State 62, (11) Auburn 48: Dominique Wilson scored 23 points and Miah Spencer added 13 to help the Wolfpack (23-8) roll over the Tigers (17-15) in Austin.
(4) Kentucky 73, (13) Belmont 70: Maci Morris made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 37 seconds, including two with 3.2 seconds remaining, to help the Wildcats (22-10) edge the Bruins (27-6) in Lexington, Kentucky.
(5) Ohio State 70, (12) Western Kentucky 63: Kelsey Mitchell and Asia Doss each scored 15 points, Shayla Cooper grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds and the Buckeyes (27-6) withstood a late charge from the Hilltoppers (27-7) for a win in Lexington.
(2) Mississippi St 110, (15) Troy 69: Blair Schaefer scored a career-high 21 points, Ameshya Williams added 15 and the Bulldogs (30-4) rolled past the Trojans (22-11) in Starkville, Mississippi.
(7) DePaul 88, (10) Northern Iowa 67: Tanita Allen scored 25 points, Lauren Prochaska and Brooke Schulte each added 12 and the Blue Demons (27-7) beat the Panthers (24-9) in Starkville.
(3) Maryland 103, (14) Bucknell 61: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 28 points, Brionna Jones had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Terrapins (31-2) beat the Bison (27-6) in College Park, Maryland, to earn their seventh consecutive trip to the second round of the tournament.
(6) West Virginia 75, (11) Elon 62: Tynice Martin scored 26 points, Katrina Pardee made a pair of pivotal 3-pointers and the Mountaineers (24-10) pulled away to a victory over the Phoenix (27-7) in College Park.
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