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Oregon State Upsets Notre Dame 70-65 to Secure Elite 8 Berth

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Albany, NY—-In a thrilling matchup that showcased the intensity and talent of collegiate women’s basketball, No. 3 Oregon State (27-7) pulled off a remarkable upset over No. 2 Notre Dame (28-7), winning 70-65 to advance to the Elite 8 round. The game was a rollercoaster of emotions, with both teams leaving it all on the court in pursuit of victory.

Leading the charge for Oregon State was forward Timea Gardiner, whose impressive performance saw her netting 21 points, while Raegan Beers contributed 18 points along with 13 rebounds. Their dynamic play and tenacity set the tone for the Beavers throughout the contest.

Notre Dame, not to be outdone, showcased their own standout players, with guard Sonia Cintron leading the Fighting Irish with 22 points, and senior Maddy Westbeld delivering a stellar performance with 19 points. Despite their efforts, Notre Dame ultimately fell short in the face of Oregon State’s relentless attack.

“That was a fantastic basketball game. I thought it was a great representation of who we are. It showed every bit of us, I thought. It wasn’t always perfect, but we found a way. That’s what this team has done all year as we’ve grown together so quickly. Who would have thought before the year that we’d be sitting here? Not many people off this podium and in the locker room, of course.” Oregon State Scott Rueck said.

The first half of the game was closely contested, with both teams trading baskets and defensive stops. Oregon State held a slim 32-31 lead heading into halftime, setting the stage for a nail-biting finish.

As the game entered its final minutes, the tension in the arena was palpable. With the outcome hanging in the balance, it was Oregon State’s Donovyn Hunter who rose to the occasion, delivering crucial baskets down the stretch to secure the victory. Hunter’s clutch performance, coupled with the team’s collective effort, propelled Oregon State to a historic win and a spot in the Elite 8.

The victory marks a significant milestone for Oregon State, reaffirming their status as a formidable contender in the tournament. For Notre Dame, while the loss is undoubtedly disappointing, the team can take pride in their hard-fought effort and the exceptional performances of their players.

As both teams reflect on the game, they can draw inspiration from the intensity and sportsmanship displayed on the court. With the Elite 8 on the horizon, Oregon State will look to carry their momentum forward, while Notre Dame will regroup and prepare for future challenges.

Oregon State held a definitive 42-24 rebounding advantage during the game, including 34-13 on the defensive side of the glass.

In a tournament filled with thrilling matchups and unexpected twists, the clash between Oregon State and Notre Dame will surely be remembered as one of the standout games, showcasing the best of collegiate women’s basketball.

The Beavers will play the winner of the South Carolina and Indiana game to reach the Final 4.