KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/'It will always have a special place in our hearts. It will always be home'

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon State players (from left) Kelbie Orum, Sydney Wiese and Breanna Brown acknowledge the crowd after Sunday's victory against Creighton.CORVALLIS — After the final horn had sounded, after Oregon State's players had huddled at center court at Gill Coliseum one last time, after Beaver Nation had saluted them with a final rousing standing ovation, Sydney Wiese bent down and kissed the floor.

For four years, Ralph Miller Court had been good to her. And Lord knows, she'd been good to it, too.

Sunday was the end of an era, "a flat-out celebration," coach Scott Rueck observed afterward.

The No. 2 seeded-Beavers (31-4) disposed of Creighton 64-52 to write their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight season, with Wiese and Gabby Hanson leading the way.

It was the final home game for seniors Wiese, Hanson and Kolbie Orum, and possibly redshirt junior Breanna Brown, who may not return for her senior season. In four years, those players amassed a record of 61-6 at Gill, a mark that may never be equaled.

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