To the Sweet 16 they Go!!!

What more can I say about those Lady Beavers?!? Nothing really, because they keep on dominating. Their latest conquest? A 69-40 dismantling of St. Bonaventure in the second round of the NCAA tournament! What a treat for the 6,000+ fans who packed Gill, and watched the Beavers set the tone with defense — and then use an offensive outburst in the second half to run away with the game.

The win propelled the Beavers into the Sweet 16, for the second time in school history (1982). They face DePaul on Saturday afternoon in Dallas. DePaul upset Louisville to make it to the game against the Beavers. Don’t get me wrong, because it will be a tough matchup, but I like the Beavers odds against DePaul more than Louisville. Also, the win set an OSU record for wins in a season: 30!

To make it to the Elite Eight, the Beavers will need to get standout performances from their Big 3 of Jamie Weisner, Sydney Wiese, and Ruth Hamblin. And really, that will be key for OSU the rest of the way, as they could face teams in the Elite Eight who are more athletic and physical. But like the commenters said, when you have a scorer like Weisner, it helps so much against strong teams. But my key will be Hamblin. As she goes, so do the Beavers.

While it’s important they get her involved, the Beavers must resist the urge to force things if there’s nothing there. Hamblin is as tough as they come and she gets clobbered a lot, but 3 against 1 is never good odds. So the Beavers’ shooters need to come out strong and open things up for everyone. Slow starts like the one against St. Bonaventure could hurt them against the DePauls, Baylors of the world.

But you know what? The Beavers are favored in Saturday’s game, so I am just going to enjoy the ride and let them do what they’ve done all season, win… Go Beavs! (RW)

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