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Third seed Oregon State trails early but pulls ahead for win over No. 14 Eastern Washington

Oregon State Kelsey Rees (53) - The Canadian Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- — Raegan Beers had 19 points and nine rebounds before she was hurt at the end of the third quarter and third-seeded Oregon State advanced to the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament with a 73-51 victory over No. 14 Eastern Washington on Friday night.

Oregon State (25-7) will play the winner of Friday's late game between sixth-seeded Nebraska and No. 11 Texas A&M. The winner of Sunday's game will head to the Sweet Sixteen in Albany, New York.

Beers, who was averaging 17.7 points an 10.4 rebounds this season, fell to the court as time expired in the third quarter, clutching her right ankle and crying in pain. The 6-foot-4 forward was able to stand on her own and limped to the locker room. She later returned to the bench but did not play again.

Dominika Paurova added 17 points for the Beavers, who trailed early but took control of the game in the second quarter and led by as many as 25 points in front of a packed-orange-clad home crowd.

Jamie Loera had 21 points for the Eagles (29-6), who won the Big Sky conference tournament to earn just their second NCAA Tournament appearance.

With the opening-round win, Oregon State keeps its unexpected season alive. Last season, Oregon State finished 11th among the league’s 12 teams and they were picked to finish 10th this season.

But they wound up fourth in the loaded Pac-12, behind Stanford, USC and UCLA, in the league's final season. Oregon State and Washington State, the Pac-12’s two remaining teams after conference fell apart in realignment last summer, will compete next season in the West Coast Conference.

In the last Pac-12 tournament, Oregon State fell to Stanford 66-57 in the semifinals.

The Beavers are making their 13th overall appearance and eighth under coach Scott Rueck. They reached the Final Four in 2016, the same year they won the conference tournament.

Eastern Washington was making just its second tournament appearance and first since 1987. The Eagles earned an automatic bid with a victory over Northern Arizona in the Big Sky tournament final.

Loera, the Big Sky's player of the year, was a force from the start. Her reverse layup gave the Eagles an 11-8 lead in the opening quarter. The Eagles stretched the leas to 18-10.

At one point Jaydia Martin blocked the 6-foot-4 Beers and the Eastern Washington bench all wagged their fingers.

The Beavers closed the gap in the second quarter, tying the game at 20 on Timea Gardiner's free throws before going ahead on Dominika Paurova's 3-pointer.

Paurova's layup capped an 18-2 run that put the Beavers up 28-20. Oregon State led by as many as 13 points the rest of the way for a 39-27 halftime lead.