CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Breanna Brown scored 12 points and second-seeded Oregon State held off feisty No. 15 seed Long Beach State in the final minute to eke out a 56-55 victory Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
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.
Raven Benton had 17 points Long Beach State (23-11), which was trying to become the first 15-seed to ever win a game in the women’s NCAA Tournament.
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.
The 49ers tried to manage the clock, but Benton missed a long jumper with five second left and Anna Kim’s 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the backboard, ending the upset bid.