Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Aleighsa Welch notched a double-double with
21 points and 11 rebounds as the top-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks edged out
the ninth-seeded Oregon State Beavers, 78-69, in an NCAA Tournament second-
round clash at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Tiffany Mitchell also tallied a double-double for the Gamecocks (29-4), netting 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds. South Carolina will advance to the Sweet 16 to face fourth-seeded North Carolina on Sunday. Khadijah Sessions chipped in 13 points in the win.
Jamie Weisner scored 21 points, hitting 5-of-9 from 3-point range, and grabbed seven rebounds for Oregon State (24-11). Gabriella Hanson contributed 16 points in the losing effort, and Ali Gibson recorded 11 points with nine rebounds and five assists.
South Carolina made just 33.3 percent of its field goal tries in the first half of Tuesday's action, but connected on 13-of-16 from the free-throw line to help the team take a 34-25 lead into the intermission. Oregon State also made 33.3 percent of its shot attempts in the frame, but only hit 2-of-6 from the charity stripe.
The Gamecocks were content with the lead, and paced the Beavers throughout the second half. South Carolina buried 41.7 percent of its shots from the floor in the period, and made 21-of-27 at the foul line. Oregon State netted 42.1 percent of its shots, but couldn't make up any ground on the Gamecocks' advantage.
South Carolina had the advantage in points off turnovers, 19-6, and crushed Oregon State from the free-throw line, 34-9. The Beavers made up for it with an impressive advantage in bench scoring in the contest, 43-10.