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Top-seeded South Carolina defeats Oregon State 59-42 in 2nd round of women's NCAA Tournament

The loss prevents the Beavers from making their fifth straight Sweet 16 appearance.
Credit: AP
South Carolina forward Laeticia Amihere (15) drives to the basket between Oregon State forward Taylor Jones, left, and guard Talia Von Oelhoffen (22) during the first half of a college basketball game in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO — Aliyah Boston scored 19 points and top seed South Carolina dominated after a close first quarter to beat eighth-seeded Oregon State 59-42 in the women’s NCAA Tournament, advancing to its seventh straight Sweet 16. 

The Gamecocks led by a point after one quarter but had built a 12-point lead by halftime and were up 53-29 by the start of the fourth. 

South Carolina, the 2017 national champion, improved to 8-1 in the second round under coach Dawn Staley and will appear in the regional semifinals for the 11th time overall. 

Taylor Jones scored 13 points for Oregon State, which ended a streak of four straight Sweet 16 appearances.