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The freshman out of Phoenix was an all-Pac-12 selection in her first season in Corvallis. She was the key to a remarkable turnaround under coach Scott Rueck for a program that was making its first tournament appearance since 1995.

“It’s amazing. It’s exciting,” Oregon State’s Ali Gibson said. “We’ve been working hard. Hopefully it’s a foundation that we can start and keep getting more. We’re all excited. We’re all happy to be here and hopefully it doesn’t end.”

Middle Tennessee shot just 23 percent and was 2 of 17 on 3-pointers. Despite being constant visitors to the tournament, the Blue Raiders have not won an NCAA game since 2007 when they reached the second round as a No. 5 seed.

“We were able to win some big games along the way and win some basketball. I told them in the dressing room before I came in here that I had a great time this year,” Insell said. “I’ve enjoyed coaching this basketball team as well as any teams I’ve had in 40 years. I’m very proud of them.”