elite-8 preview: oregon state
March 24, 2018
March 24, 2018
The Lexington Region Final will be the only match-up in the Elite Eight that is not a one-seed vs a two- or three-seed. Oregon State entered the tournament as a six-seed and upset Tennessee and Baylor on their run to the fourth round of the women's basketball tournament.
Oregon State easily dismantled Western Kentucky in a blowout first round victory. They then stunned the Volunteers by seven to advance, followed by a shocker over the Baylor Bears by five.
Sitting at 26-7, the Beavers continue their underdog run for their second Elite Eight appearance in three season. Their schedule is highlighted by wins over Nevada, Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona State. Some of their key losses include a five-point loss to Notre Dame, seven-point loss to Duke, and three-point loss to Stanford. Oregon State has proven they can play with the 'big dogs' all season and will be a tough opponent to take down.
Their roster has no one below 5'7 and has some major height. There are seven players at 6'0 or taller with one center listed at 6'8. Senior Marie Gulich has been a leader all season for the Beavers, averaging 17.6 points per game. Gulich has dealt with opposing post players with ease, using her 6'5 stature to help overwhelm them. Besides being near-automatic down low, Gulich has been known to make the pull-up jumper. She also averages nine rebounds per game.
Kat Tudor is a three-point threat, having made 88 on the season while shooting .415 from beyond the arc. Tudor's deep range accuracy has helped her to scoring just over 12 points per game. Mikayla Pivec is the only other player averaging double-digits with 11.3 per game.
What Will Happen
Expect the Beavers to try and keep the game uptempo to compliment their offense, which averages 73.5 points per game. Louisville runs a similar style of offense and can match the tempo without trouble.
The Beavers will be looking to shoot from the perimeter after shooting over .400 on the year from deep. The Cards do not shoot nearly as much from three-point range but have been known to hit the shot when it counts.
Oregon State's height may cause the Cards some trouble. Myisha Hines-Allen, Sam Fuehring, and Bionca Dunham will have a disadvantage on size no matter who is on the court against them. The Cards' post players will have to rely on strength in hopes to match-up against the Beavers.
Oregon State's surprise run will come to a close, but not without a fight. The halftime score will be close before the Cards pull away in the second half.
Final score: Louisville 82, Oregon State 70