Color the Ducks and Huskies jealous.

Oregon and Washington are preparing for a third meeting this season in the second round of the Women's NIT.

Meanwhile, rival Oregon State will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996 against Middle Tennessee today at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.

The Beavers (23-10) were 8-6 before sweeping Oregon in back-to-back games Jan. 11 and 13, beginning a run that saw them finish tied for second in the Pac-12, sweeping Washington along the way.

After having an 11-game winning streak snapped by USC in the championship game of the conference tournament in Seattle, the Beavers earned an at-large berth and are the No. 9 seed in the Stanford Region.

"Just a real privilege to be a part of this team all year long and watch them continue to achieve, in part to prove people wrong, but also an inner belief that they belong," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. "It's one thing to say, 'Why not us,' but it's another thing to truly believe it."

No. 8 Middle Tennessee (29-4) won the Conference USA regular-season and tournament titles.

During the 84-55 victory over Southern Miss in the conference championship game, forward Ebony Rowe scored 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and forward Olivia Jones posted a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

"We're treating this game as another game," Oregon State freshman guard Sydney Wiese said. "We don't want to psych ourselves out thinking about the NCAA Tournament. Obviously, we are not going to overlook Middle Tennessee. They are a great program and they earned their way here."

The Beavers have shot 44 percent from the field this season while holding opponents to 34.9 percent. Wiese broke the school record for three-pointers in a season with 104. Ruth Hamblin, a 6-6 sophomore, emerged as a defensive force, averaging 8.7 rebounds and setting a Pac-12 record with 133 blocks.

"They are very methodical," Middle Tennessee coach Rick Insell said. "They are very much like us; there is not a wasted possession. They're going to get something high-percentage with one of their players. We don't meet many teams like that. They know where they want their people to shoot the ball, and they know where they want to have the people with the ball in their hands."

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