Oregon State Women's basketball is well represented in LA and in the 2020 WNBA playoffs!
Former Oregon State players Sydney Wiese and Marie Gülich were reunited this season in LA and now they are ready to tear up the 2020 WNBA playoffs with the Sparks tipping off in the Second Round Thursday.
It’s been anything but a normal season and offseason for the entire WNBA, who have played their full regular season slate inside the ‘Wubble’ at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida,
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The offseason for Wiese was even stranger than life in the Wubble.
She tested postive for COVID-19, but also signed a contract extension with the Sparks.
Fortunately for the fourth-year pro, her case of the coronavirus was mild and she’s been able to focus on her play.
The No. 11 overall pick by the Sparks in the 2017 Draft started 15 of her 19 games played during the 2020 regular season.
So far this season, Wiese is averaging 6.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game.
The 25-year old averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists and shot 42.6 percent from 3-point range during her senior season at Oregon State. She is the all-time leading three pointer shooter in Oregon State history, hitting 373 during her four seasons with the Beavers.
And now the Sparks guard has had some help down low in her reunion with a former Beaver.
This past May, the Sparks traded Kalani Brown to the Atlanta Dream in return for Marie Gülich and Brittney Skyes.
Gülich, who spent three seasons at Oregon State playing alongside Wiese, now in her third year in the WNBA, is averaging 9.9 minutes per game while notching 2.4 points and 1.5 rebounds.
She was drafted 12th overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2018 WNBA Draft.
Gülich is coming off the bench for LA this season.
The Sparks dropped their last game of the regular season to the Las Vegas Aces 84-70 last Saturday. But, despite the loss, LA still earned the No. 3 seed, securing a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The Sparks will play their first game of the postseason Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Second Round at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2. The First and Second Rounds are single-elimination.
LA will face the lowest remaining seed from Tuesday’s first-round action.