Getting to the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament is a testament to a good program, and winning thwo games once in the tournament is even tougher but the State of Oregon can hang its hat on the fact that two of their programs have advanced on to the Sweet 16: the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers.
Oregon’s women’s basketball team has been truly dominant all season, and only dropped 4 games in the regular season compared to an impressive 32 wins. So far in the tournament the Ducks haven’t been challenged. In the first game they were never challenged by Seattle, winning 88-45. In the second round Oregon took on a fiery Minnesota team, but Oregon’s high octane offense simply overpowered Minnesota the entire game, Oregon winning by a score of 101-73. The Ducks take on another team from the Midwest: the 11-seed Central Michigan Chippewas who are looking to continue their historic season and surprising tournament run.
Meanwhile the Oregon State Beavers earned only a 6 seed in this year’s tourney. Though, perhaps they were under-seeded as they finished 3rd in a tough Pac 12 conference this season and finished 25-7. Oregon State arrives in the Sweet 16 fresh off an upset over women’s basketball blue-chip program the University of Tennessee. To make things even more impressive, the Beavers won on Tennessee’s home court, which is one of the more difficult places to play in the country. In round one Oregon State handled Western Kentucky with relative ease, 82-58. Up next for the Beavers is a matchup with the Baylor Bears. It’ll be a true test for Oregon State, as the Bears looked hard to stop in their 80-58 thrashing of Michigan — not to mention they only have one loss on the year.
While the fan-bases of Oregon and Oregon State may be bitterly divided when the two teams play each other, perhaps they will take solace this year in knowing that both programs have had extremely successful seasons. And while it’s unlikely, who knows, with the way the two major Oregon girl’s programs they could end up meeting each other in the championship game in Columbus, Ohio. But in a do-or-die tournament any coach will keep their team focused on taking things one game at a time.