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FSU women to open with Oregon State

The Florida State women’s basketball team earned a No. 9 seed and will open play in the NCAA Tournament against Oregon State.

This is the Seminoles’ eighth straight trip and Oregon State’s seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, not counting the cancelled 2020 event.

FSU (10-8) will face No. 8 seed Oregon State (11-7) on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2). The Beavers finished the season going 8-2.

“Definitely missing last year was a huge bummer,” FSU sophomore guard Sammie Puisis said. “But this year with everything going on with COVID it’s awesome that we’re able to do this tournament and we’re in it, we have a great seed. This is what Florida State does. We’re always in a great position. The last eight times we’ve been in it.”

The FSU-Oregon State winner will likely play No. 1 seed South Carolina in the second round. SC will face Mercer in the first round on Sunday at 6 p.m.

All of the NCAA Tournament games will take place in San Antonio.

FSU has not played a game since the ACC Tournament loss to Syracuse. The team took some time off to rest and has also practiced leading up to meeting on Monday to watch the NCAA Selection show.

“We’re looking forward to going to San Antonio and continuing our work,” said guard Tiana England, who transferred from St. John’s last summer. “And we’re blessed to just have the opportunity to even play. And me being my first time there I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.”

Interim head coach Brooke Wyckoff said Oregon State, under the direction of coach Scott Rueck, is similar stylistically to prior teams FSU has faced in the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles picked up a victory in March 2017 over the Beavers.

“They’ve got some pretty talented guards,” Wyckoff said. “They shoot over 40 percent from 3. They’ve always had a couple bigs. They’ve got a bunch of bigs now. They’re real big.”

FSU is one of eight ACC women’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament, including NC State, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

The Seminoles’ season stats can be viewed here.

Oregon State’s season stats can be viewed here.

The NCAA Tournament bracket can be viewed here.