Nearly a month after the Oregon State women's basketball team returned to the court for their first practice of the year, the Beavers now have their schedule set for the 2020-21 college basketball season.
OSU will open up its 22-game, double-robin schedule on Dec. 4 vs. Utah at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon. The Beavers won’t take the road for the first time until Dec. 19 when they cross state lines to play Washington State and University of Washington before Christmas. Oregon State will play each Pac-12 team once at home and once on the road, finishing the season with a rivalry game at Oregon the week of Feb. 26-March 1.
The Beavers ranked 18th overall in the AP preseason poll, despite Oregon State having to replace six players from last year’s team, including Mikayla Pivec, who was drafted by the Atlanta Dream with the No. 25 overall pick. Other Pac-12 teams ranked included No. 2 Stanford, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Oregon.
“We lost some big personalities on the court, as well as off the court,” senior Aleah Goodman said Tuesday. “I think when filling those roles, it’s not going to be individuals stepping up, but more about the team coming together to fill those rebounds Mik(ayla Pivec) grabbed, those points all around.”
Here are a few takeaways from the Oregon State women’s basketball schedule:
- On September 24, the Pac-12 announced no fans will be permitted at any sporting event through the end of the calendar year but will be revisited based upon health and safety considerations in January 2021.
- Unlike years past, the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry series is not on the same weekend.
- Oregon State will open up the season with three games at home, including No. 10 ranked Oregon on December 13.
- The longest road stretch of the season will come in January for the Beavers when they play four-straight games on the road vs. Cal, No. 2 Stanford, Arizona State and No. 7 Arizona.
The 2021 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament is slated for March 4-7 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. No. 14 Oregon State fell short of a Pac-12 Championship last season after falling to No. 7 Stanford 57-68 in the quarterfinals.