Baylor vS Oregon State Live NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018 Stream: Bracket, scores, schedule for Sweet 16 in Friday in a regional semifinal in Lexington, Ky. From Rupp Arena.
Women’s NCAA Tournament 2018 starts Sweet 16 games this Friday, March 23. Find the 2018 bracket, scores, schedule and updates below for Friday and the tournament.
Last weekend, Oregon State did something no other team had been able to in 57 previous tries: Beat Tennessee in Knoxville during an NCAA Tournament.
That victory afford the Beavers the opportunity this weekend to do something only one previous OSU team has accomplished — reach the Elite Eight.
The Beavers will face Baylor on Friday in OSU’s third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance.
What to know about the matchup:
Who: Oregon State Beavers (25-7) vs. Baylor (33-1)
When: 4 p.m. PT, Friday
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 1 Louisville are both playing on Friday.
Women’s NCAA Tournament 2018: Bracket
Women’s NCAA Tournament 2018: Scores
7 p.m. ET — No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 6 Oregon State | Lexington, Ky. | ESPN2
7 p.m. — No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 4 N.C. State | Kansas City, Mo. | ESPN
9 p.m. — No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Stanford | Lexington, Ky. | ESPN
9 p.m. — No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 UCLA | Kansas City, Mo. | ESPN2
Women’s NCAA Tournament 2018: Schedule
Friday, March 23
7 p.m. ET — No. 1 Mississippi State vs. No. 5 N.C. State | ESPN | Kansas City, Mo.
7 p.m. — No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 6 Oregon State | ESPN2 | Lexington, Ky.
9:30 p.m. — No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 UCLA | ESPN2 | Kansas City, Mo.
9:30 p.m. — No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 4 Stanford | ESPN | Lexington, Ky.
Saturday, March 24
11:30 a.m. ET — No. 2 South Carolina vs. No. 11 Buffalo | ESPN | Albany, N.Y.
1 p.m. — No. 1 UConn vs. No. 5 Duke | ESPN | Albany, N.Y.
4 p.m. — No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Texas A&M | ESPN | Spokane, Was.
6:30 p.m. — No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 11 Central Michigan | ESPN | Spokane, Was.
How they got here
The Beavers, a sixth seed, went on the road to beat Western Kentucky and the Lady Volunteers. They have now won nine of their last 10 games.
The second-seeded Bears made their 10th consecutive Sweet 16 by beating Grambling by 50 and Michigan by 22 in the first and second rounds, respectively. Baylor’s only loss this season came Nov. 18 in Los Angeles to UCLA.
Numbers to know
Baylor has amassed incredible advantages this season, from rebounding to blocked shots as well as points scored and allowed per 100 possessions. The rebounding battle will be key because it has been a strength for both teams all season. The Bears have outrebounded all 34 opponents this season and are grabbing offensive rebounds on 44 percent of their misses, the top rate in the country, per HerHoopStats. OSU is fourth in the country with 30.8 defensive rebounds per game.
Baylor also grabs 76 percent of opponents’ misses, the nation’s second-best rate. OSU is rebounding 36.7 percent of its misses, the 64th-best rate.
Marie Gulich’s interior defense is also a key factor. One of the top defenders in the Pac-12, Gulich is blocking 2.9 shots per game, the 13th-highest average nationally. Yet Baylor could be her toughest assignment yet. Behind a front line of 6-foot-2 Dekeiya Cohen, 6-4 Lauren Cox and 6-7 Kalani Brown, the Bears have had just four percent of their shots blocked this season, the lowest rate in the country.
The Beavers must also play smart defense and shoot well. They have committed the nation’s third-fewest fouls. Gulich, who played with four fouls against Tennesse for long stretches, cannot afford to put herself in such foul trouble again. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of its streak-snapping at Tennessee was that the Beavers did so despite a poor-shooting afternoon from three-point range. OSU ranks second nationally by making 40.3 percent from deep, well ahead of its school-record 38.3 percent shooting from 1993-94.
Player to know
Oregon State: Katie McWilliams. The shooter’s pair of first-half, spot-up jumpers off the dribble against Tennessee were key in leading a comeback from down 10. McWilliams has made 44 percent of her three-pointers this season to rank among the top two percent nationally.
Baylor: Kalani Brown. The junior All-American is averaging 20.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and is shooting 66 percent from the field. That shooting percentage ranks fifth nationally, and she is sixth by averaging 1.37 points per shot attempt.
Oregon State: Taya Corosdale: Though Gulich, McWilliams and Mikayla Pivec are typically OSU’s big three, Corosdale has started the past 23 games and played an integral role against the Lady Vols in her season-high 40 minutes. She scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds and her awareness defensively helped keep Gulich from fouling out.
Did you know
Michelle Kahue and Darrlyn McDonough began the season as Baylor team managers, but didn’t stay in that role for long due to roster attrition. They have since been put on scholarship and made their season debut in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.
Oregon State point guard Mikayla Pivec gave her team an offensive boost against Tennessee with 15 points but her work on the glass will be just as important Friday. Her 7.2 rebounds per game are the most by a Pac-12 guard.
Did you know II
Baylor has played 10 ranked opponents this season and owns a plus-16.2 scoring margin in those games.
Oregon State’s last 13 opponents have been held to less than 39 percent shooting. Opponents are shooting 34.5 percent against OSU this season, the fifth-lowest rate nationally.