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Former Oregon State Beaver Mikayla Pivec signs with Minnesota Lynx

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After opting out of the 2020 WNBA season, Mikayla Pivec is prepared to show she belongs with the best of the best.

The former Oregon State guard signed with the Minnesota Lynx Saturday to the franchise's training camp roster. 

Minnesota did not give out the terms of the deal. 

The 5'10" guard was drafted in the third round of the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream, 25th overall. However, five weeks after the selection, Pivec decided to opt-out of the season due to personal reasons.

"The best decision for me and my basketball future was to opt out this season," Pivec said on the Talkin' Beavers Podcast. "Still love the Dream organization and have the opportunity to stay in training camp next year, so excited for the opportunity when the time comes. 

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Later, Pivec signed overseas with CD Promete in Spain.

"She is a very talented player who dominates many facets of the game, very capable of scoring, but also of generating and assisting," said César Aneas, coach of the LF Endesa Promete Campus.

 

But, Pivec eventually left Spain to return home to Washington to focus on the upcoming WNBA season.

“I tried speaking to the coaches, seeing what they need from me to earn more time," she told the NBC affiliate in Eugene. "It wasn’t clear to me what they wanted or what they needed.”

On February 21, 2021, Atlanta waived Mikayla Pivec before training camp began and she cleared waivers. 

The Beaver great averaged 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior for the Oregon State Beavers before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

While in college, she was an All-Pac-12 selection three consecutive seasons and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. She saw action in 126 games, making 117 starts. 

Her college coach Scott Rueck is excited for her opportunity.