SEATTLE — Sydney Wiese made six three-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points, and ninth-seeded Oregon State ousted eighth-seeded Middle Tennessee State 55-36 on Sunday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Wiese put on a shooting display midway through the second half, hitting five threes in a six-minute span when the Beavers (24-10) blew the game open. Wiese made 7 of 15 shots, had five rebounds and four assists.
She was the only Oregon State player in double figures, and the only player finding offense on a night scoring was hard to come by.
Middle Tennessee was held to a season low in points and lost in the first round of the tournament for the sixth straight year.
Ebony Rowe, the Conference USA player of the year, led Middle Tennessee (29-5) with 17 points, but shot 7 of 23.
The Blue Raiders couldn’t overcome going scoreless the first five minutes and were playing catch-up from the very start.
Oregon State next plays No. 1-seeded South Carolina in the second round on Tuesday.
South Carolina 73, Cal State Northridge 58: In Seattle, Tiffany Mitchell scored 24 points, Alaina Coates added 13, and top-seeded South Carolina (28-4) took a while to pull away.
Michigan State 91, Hampton 61: In Chapel Hill, N.C., freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Annalise Pickrel added 21 points and fifth-seeded Michigan State won. Branndais Agee had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans.
North Carolina 60, UT Martin 58: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining to help fourth-seeded North Carolina win.
Penn State 62, Wichita State 56: In State College, Pa., Maggie Lucas scored 22 points, rallying Penn State from an early deficit in the win. Lucas led the Lady Lions (23-7) back from an 11-point hole.
Florida 83, Dayton 69: In State College, Pa., Cassie Peoples scored 21 points and all five Florida starters scored in double figures, leading the Gators past Dayton. The 11th-seeded Gators (20-12) will play Penn State on Tuesday night in the Stanford Regional.
Connecticut 87, Prairie View A&M 44: In Storrs, Conn., Breanna Stewart led a balanced offense with 19 points and 10 rebounds as defending champion UConn (35-0) routed Prairie View A&M on coach Geno Auriemma’s 60th birthday.
St. Joseph’s 67, Georgia 57: In Storrs, Conn., Erin Shields had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead ninth-seeded Saint Joseph’s to a win over eighth-seeded Georgia.
James Madison 72, Gonzaga 63: In College Station, Texas, Kirby Burkholder had 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 11 seed James Madison (29-5) to a win over No. 6 seed Gonzaga.
Texas A&M 70, North Dakota 55: In College Station, Texas, Courtney Walker had 19 points and eight rebounds and No. 3 seed Texas A&M (25-8) used a big run to pull away from tournament newcomer and 14-seed North Dakota and cruise to the win.
Texas 79, Penn 61: In College Park, Md., Imani McGee-Stafford had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and fifth-seeded Texas rallied from a 15-point, first-half deficit to beat No. 12 seed Penn, the Longhorns’ first NCAA win since 2008.
Maryland 90, Army 52: In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Lexie Brown scored 21 and No. 4 seed Maryland (25-6) closed the first half with 20 straight points to roll past Army.
Louisville 88, Idaho 42: In Iowa City, Iowa, Sara Hammond led five players in double figures with 16 points and third-seeded Louisville (31-4) rolled past Idaho.
Iowa 87, Marist 65: In Iowa City, Iowa, Theairra Taylor scored 22 points, Bethany Doolittle added 21 and No. 6-seeded Iowa (27-8) blew out Marist.
LSU 98, Georgia Tech 78: In Baton Rouge, La., Danielle Ballard scored 24 points and LSU (20-12) led wire-to-wire in a victory over Georgia Tech.
West Virginia 76, Albany 61: In Baton Rouge, La., Christal Caldwell scored 26 points, Bria Holmes added 20, and West Virginia won. Averee Fields added 10 points for second-seeded West Virginia (30-4).