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A closer look at NCAA women’s games in Seattle

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No. 1 seed South Carolina vs. No. 16 Cal State Northridge

2:30 p.m. Sunday, (ESPN)

Key players: South Carolina shoots 48.2 percent from the field and holds opponents to 55 points. The Gamecocks are led by SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell (15.2 points). CSUN was 6-10 in nonconference play but finished on a four-game win streak to advance to NCAA tournament for the second time in program history. The Matadors are led by Big West player of the year Ashlee Guay (16.3 points).

What to expect: It will be a defensive-minded game. South Carolina has a more athletic team and will use its size advantage to get physical in the paint and score.

Prediction: South Carolina 78, Cal State Northridge 50.

No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee State vs. No. 9 Oregon State

5 p.m. Sunday, (ESPN2)

Key players: Senior forward Ebony Rowe, the Conference USA player of the year, leads the Blue Raiders at 21.7 points and 11.7 rebounds. OSU has a more balanced offense with five players averaging nine points or more, led by freshman point guard Sydney Wiese (14.1).

What to expect: MTSU has made six consecutive NCAA appearances, never advancing past the first round. It will scrap with a bigger OSU lineup, featuring 6-foot-6 center Ruth Hamblin, that’s making its first tourney appearance since 1996.

Prediction: Oregon State 77, Middle Tennessee 70.

Jayda Evans

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