UPDATED: Destiny Slocum returns to the game after ankle injury scare

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UPDATED: Destiny Slocum returns to the game after ankle injury scare

The injury bug has bit once again for the Oregon State women's basketball team.

This time, it is starting redshirt-junior point guard Destiny Slocum.

As Slocum was driving to the hoop, she rolled her right ankle on what looks like very slim contact to the defender's foot. The injury took place at the beginning of the second quarter with No. 8 UCLA up 18-14 over the visiting No. 15 Oregon State Beavers. Teammates carried Slocum back to the locker room as she didn't put any weight on the ankle.

Junior guard Aleah Goodman would take over at point guard.

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Slocum would return to the game late in the second quarter and aided in the Beavers taking a 31-26 lead at the half.

The Beavers (19-6, 7-6 Pac-12) currently sit in the middle of the Pac-12 conference standings and on a two-game losing streak searching for a huge upset win against UCLA (21-3, 10-3 Pac-12). 

 

Sydney Wiese on the mend after testing positive for COVID-19

Sydney Wiese on the mend after testing positive for COVID-19

A few weeks ago I had a chance to talk to Oregon State alum Sydney Wiese for the Talkin’ Beavers podcast. 

At that time she had just returned home from Spain where she had been playing pro basketball. The coronavirus crisis ended her season a little early and she had quite the odyssey getting back to her hometown of Phoenix. The flight home....Barcelona, Mexico City, Los Angeles and then Phoenix. She arrived back home on March 13th and even before she got back during the trip she said she wasn't herself.

Wiese made a return appearance on this week’s Talkin’ Beavers Podcast. 

It all happened really fast. I got home on March 13th, Friday the 13th. Even the night before I lost my sense of smell and taste. It wasn't a symptom of the virus at the time. I knew I was going to be in self-quarantine at home just to be safe and traveling from Europe. — Sydney Wiese

But after getting home to Phoenix she knew something was wrong:

I knew that my body was off, I know my body and it didn't feel right. I wasn’t showing any major symptoms of the virus. Then Ruth (Ruth Hamblin who is also part of the podcast) sent me an article that said loss of smell and taste were symptoms of the virus. — Sydney Wiese

She was tested and it came back positive. She got a ton of national attention because she was the first WNBA player who tested positive. So she remains in quarantine but feels good! 

I don't feel like a million bucks but a thousand bucks. Feeling much better but I will remain in quarantine and keep an eye on my parents (Troy and Patti) to make sure they are okay. — Sydney Wiese

So Syd will remain in her childhood bedroom, in the backyard and their driveway where there is a basket she has been shooting on since she was old enough to play hoops.

Wiese, like all professional athletes, will now wait to see what happens next in their world. She is slated to begin a fourth year in the WNBA but will the season happen? She will be aided by the fact her former Beaver teammate Marie Gulich was traded from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Sydney is thrilled to have an Oregon State reunion in Hollywood!!

Marie told me and to be honest it’s too good to be true and we didn't want to get too excited because it is a business and you never know. Once free-agency passed we were able to celebrate a little bit. — Sydney Wiese

Sydney is the all-time three pointer shooter in Oregon State history, hitting 373 during her four seasons with Oregon State. This game took place during the later stage of her senior season:

  

Sydney's professional career took quite a turn for the better after two years of basically riding the bench in Los Angeles. Derek Fisher took over as the head coach and Sydney had a chance to show her talent. She started sixteen of the teams 32 games and showed leadership on the floor and as usual was a great cheerleader when not on the court. I had a chance to cover the LA Sparks vs. Seattle Storm game last summer in Everett, Washington and Syd (in the purple uniform) knocks down a nice three-ball.

 

One thing that Sydney loves is any connection to Oregon State. Mikayla Pivec's little sister Malia (who runs cross country at Boise State) attended that same game in Everett which is right next to the Pivec's hometown of Lynwood, Washington and after she had time to pose for a few pics!

Sydney will always be a Beav and during the podcast with Ruth Hamblin and Marie Gulich, I asked her how Gill Coliseum rates after playing basketball in arenas all over the planet. Sydney has played pro ball in Australia, Israel and Spain during her off-season away from the WNBA.

Ron, its not even a question. I mean even going back to college there was no arena like our home court at Gill. To be there for the progress throughout the years. I remember the team making a big basket you were heading back on defense and you couldn't ever hear each other. You could really feel the energy out there. In a tight game and you were tired you could feel the crowd and they helped us win many of those games! — Sydney Wiese

Sydney will now wait and continue to work on her health and hoop game shooting in the driveway. Will there be a WNBA season? Like all of us she is waiting and wondering. 

Check out the full podcast with Syd, Ruth and Marie. It was a treat to get to chat with three Beaver legends thanks to NBC Sports Northwest and ZOOM!!

Catch up with Sydney Wiese, Marie Gulich and Ruth Hamblin!

Catch up with Sydney Wiese, Marie Gulich and Ruth Hamblin!

With the COVID-19 Pandemic putting the sports world on hold. What are professional athletes up to nowadays?  Like us, they are held up in their homes, their bedrooms, their workout rooms trying to stay ready and trying like the rest of us to avoid testing positive and getting sick.

I thought, ya know, would they have time to perhaps get on Zoom and chat? Well, as some of you know I have been broadcasting Oregon State Women's basketball for the past 13 seasons. The 2015-16 season will always be a special one because the Beavers made it to the Final Four by upsetting Baylor in Dallas.

Three members of that squad joined me this week on Zoom for a mini-reunion!!

Sydney Wiese was a junior on that team. She graduated the next season and has spent the past three years in the WNBA playing for the Los Angeles Sparks

She joined me on the podcast from her childhood bedroom at her parent's house in Phoenix.

Marie Gulich was a sophomore on that team and has spent the past two years in the WNBA playing for the Phoenix Mercury and the Atlanta Dream. During this past off-season, she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks!! Reunion time with Syd. For the podcast, she was nine hours ahead of us in Germany and was in a college dorm in Leverkusen.

Ruth Hamblin was a senior on the Final Four team and was drafted by the Dallas Wings. She played a season there but then decided to focus on playing for Team Canada and hopefully being part of the 2020 Olympic team representing her country. I guess we all know how that turned out. Ruth is in self-quarantine in Whistler.B.C. waiting till next week when she can go home to her parents' house in Houston, B.C. after playing pro ball this winter in Russia.

All three joined me on a wide-ranging look at their careers on the Talkin' Beavers podcast. We chatted about the impact of Coronavirus on their lives and how they are coping. And they talked about their greatest Oregon State moments

Sydney Wiese was the first WNBA player to test positive for the virus. She talks openly on the impact of the virus on her body and her well-being. I have to say she sounds great and Sydney is gonna be fine.

Here is the Talkin' Beavers podcast!

Mikayla Pivec honored as Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American

Mikayla Pivec honored as Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American

Mikayla Pivec's devotion to community service has been on display all season long. Now, the Oregon State women's basketball team captain is being honored for her contributions. 

Per a release from Oregon State Tuesday, Pivec was named Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American. 

She was chosen as one of five first-team honorees to receive the prestigious award, which honors student-athletes who make a positive impact as leaders in their community. 

While completing her honors thesis at Oregon State, Pivec focused on finding efficient ways for homeless people to get access to more resources. She was awarded a $5,000 grant for her work, in which she donated $1,000 to local shelters. 

Pivec is also the co-founder of the Beavers CARE, a group that brings Oregon State student-athletes together for service initiatives, such as trips to the Domincan Republic with Beavers without Borders. She has also volunteered with IMPACT for Life, Community Outreach Incorporated, the Corvallis Women's Shelter and DAM Worth It. 

Pivec was also one of six Beavers named to the Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll on Tuesday. 

She joins Taya Corosdale, Aleah Goodman, Patricia Morris, Destiny Slocum and Janessa Thropay as Oregon State women's basketball student-athletes recognized for their work in the classroom. 

Five-star guard Greta Kampschroeder commits to Oregon State women's hoops

Five-star guard Greta Kampschroeder commits to Oregon State women's hoops

Oregon State women’s basketball just got a lot stronger in 2021 with the commitment of five-star guard Greta Kampschroeder.

The 6-foot guard from Naperville, Illinois, is the No. 12 rated high school prospect according to ESPN in the 2021 class.

ESPNW had the following evaluation of Kampschroeder from Nike Nationals in July 2019:

Skilled guard with versatility, size in the back court; playmaker with unselfish persona, executes in half-court game; manufactures shots, delivers off the dribble and finishes plays in traffic; basketball IQ, knocks down shots to the arc; competes on both ends of the floor; an elite prospect in the class of 2021.

Kampschroeder led the Naperville North Huskies in every major statistical category, averaging 17.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals, and ended her junior season as the DuPage Valley conference champions and a regional title (the school’s first since 2005), according to an article in the Naperville Sun.

Kampschroeder also considered Stanford and Iowa at the next level.

The Beavs will have to wait one more season to see Kampschroeder in black and orange in Corvallis, but she will be a great fit alongside last season’s freshmen sensations Taylor Jones and Kennedy Brown.

The Beavs’ 2020 recruiting class consists of: five-star guard Sasha Goforth (Fayetteville High School, Arkansas); and three-star guard Savannah Samuel (St. Francis High School, Georgia).

Former Oregon State star Sydney Wiese reveals she has COVID-19

Former Oregon State star Sydney Wiese reveals she has COVID-19

Just days after Sydney Wiese shared that she was in Spain when President Trump announced a travel ban from many European countries, the former Oregon State women’s basketball star has tested positive for the coronavirus.

She opened up about her diagnosis on social media Friday. A previous Twitter post revealed she had been tested for the virus on or around March 16. 

“I tested positive for COVID-19,” Wiese said in a post on Twitter. “I am feeling well- fortunate to only show mild symptoms, but I am capable of spreading it. All of us are united in our fight to stop this spread and keep everyone safe/healthy. I will do my part, and I hope you do too.”

Wiese said she is currently exhibiting symptoms such as loss of taste and smell. 

Well-wishes poured in from her Beavers family. 

On a recent episode of the Talkin’ Beavers podcast, Wiese told Beavers Insider Ron Callan she was overseas playing for AE Sedis Bàsquet when she found out she would have to travel back to the U.S. immediately. An agreement between her and the team allowed her to leave prematurely due to the international uncertainty.

"I woke up randomly in the middle of the night to text messages and updates because that's when President Trump placed the travel ban that was going to go into effect in 48 hours,” Wiese recalled. “This came a couple of hours after our league decided to postpone.

"It hurt my heart because I loved the team I was with, I loved my coaches, I loved Spain."

Wiese is expected to take the court for her fourth season with the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. In 2019, she averaged 4.8 points,1.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 32 appearances. 

The LA Sparks released a statement following Wiese's announcement.

Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from playing overseas in Spain. She’s been in self-isolation at home in Phoenix since her return and is encouraging everyone to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus. The Sparks are in direct communication with Sydney and wish her a speedy recovery.

In her four-year career at Oregon State, Wiese was a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and set a conference record of 373 three-pointers. She helped lead Oregon State to the NCAA Tournament all four years, including two second-round appearances, a Sweet 16 and the women’s Final Four in 2016.

Listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast below to hear more from Wiese on her experience in Spain.

Wayne Tinkle in favor of extra eligibility for seniors affected by COVID-19

Wayne Tinkle in favor of extra eligibility for seniors affected by COVID-19

Nearly every industry has been affected by the coronavirus, including NCAA athletics that canceled all winter and spring sports championships in attempt to minimize the spread of the virus. 

This includes college basketball and the Oregon State Beavers, who were ready to play in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament before being told the tournament and the rest of the college basketball season was canceled.

"When we broke the news to them, you can imagine the news just from the high that we were on, you know the day before (coming off a game-winning three-pointer to defeat Utah in the Pac-12 Tournament), the excitement we had for what was next. We knew our postseason implications were sitting pretty good after the Utah win, you know, and from there who knows?" said head coach Wayne Tinkle on the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast.

Tinkle later talked to host Nigel Burton about whether he'd support the NCAA granting additional eligibility for athletes affected by the cancellation of NCAA Championship events in wake of COVID-19. 

Well what we're hearing is that..it could be too tough of a decision, just too much that goes into it. You know, you're talking about extra scholarships and that obviously means money... I see both sides...Life rarely gives you do-overs and we got through a big part of our season, right? Now, that being said there's no experience like postseason play and that college window is so small... you really want these student athletes to enjoy the most and have the best experience...the reality is life's not fair. - Wayne Tinkle

The NCAA is already looking into granting extra eligibility to spring sports athletes who barely got to play their respective seasons, but are more up in the air about winter sports athletes.

Tinkle says if it were up to him he'd want to give seniors the option to come back, although there may be some logistical problems.

I'm all for these seniors that didn't get a chance to go out the way they wanted to, in the spring sports especially, to have another year of eligibility but man it's going to bring up a lot of issues with scholarships and where that money comes from. - Wayne Tinkle

However, despite the logistical issues, he'd support it for winter sports athletes too because they missed out on invaluable postseason experience: "if somebody called me and asked for my vote, I'd support it just because of [the missed postseason] because you want to give these folks the best experience that they can have in their time here at the collegetic level."

The Beavers head coach added that if his son, Tres Tinkle, had the chance to come back he doesn't think he would because it'd be his sixth year, he already has his degree, and "he's ready for the next phase." Tres became the all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history last season. 

Oregon State women's basketball star Mikayla Pivec said if she was offered an additional year of eligibility she'd take it "in a heartbeat." 

There has not been an official word yet on whether senior winter sports athletes will be granted an additional year.

You can listen to the Talkin' Beavers podcast here.

Oregon State AD Scott Barnes says rug got pulled out from under student athletes

Oregon State AD Scott Barnes says rug got pulled out from under student athletes

The 2019-2020 winter sports season will forever be remembered as the “what could have been” season, which came to an abrupt halt in early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Oregon State men’s basketball team was gaining momentum in the Pac-12 Tournament with freshman Jarod Lucas sinking a game-winning three-point shot with 1.8 left on the clock from the corner to defeat Utah in round one of the conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, it would be difficult to win four games in four days and claim the Pac-12 Tournament title in a challenging conference, but a trip to the NIT Tournament in March was a likely spot for head coach Wayne Tinkle and the Beavs. 

The No. 13 ranked women’s team was preparing to host round one of the NCAA March Madness Tournament in front of the Corvallis faithful in Gill Coliseum for what seems like a popular destination for the first round of March Madness with head coach Scott Rueck at the helm.

That all unfortunately changed very quickly.

Oregon State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes joined hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren on the Beaver Sports Podcast on Wednesday:

Of course our heart goes out to out student-athletes, but the rug got pulled out from under them. Both those programs to your point were on a roll. We were so looking forward to seeing how that would play out for both those programs. And so it was fun to see them end on a high note. — Scott Barnes

You can listen to the full podcast here.

Former Oregon State Beaver Brandin Cooks donates $50K to fight COVID-19

Former Oregon State Beaver Brandin Cooks donates $50K to fight COVID-19

Oregon State's second-ever Biletnikoff Award winner continues to make an impact on the field, but now he's making an impact off the field. 

Former Beavers and current Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks has announced a donation of $50,000 to his hometown of Stockton, CA, to establish the Stockton Children's Fund.

According to Lindsey Thiry of ESPN, "the money will help serve local kids who have been impacted by the effects of the coronavirus - helping to fund food and childcare, among other needs."

The 26-year-old was drafted No.20 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2014 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract with the Saints before being traded to the New England Patriots in 2017. Cooks helped the Patriots get to the Super Bowl in 2018, where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. The following offseason the Los Angeles Rams acquired Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round draft pick for 2018 first and sixth-round draft picks.

Coming off a Super Bowl appearance and heading into 2019, Cooks, along with Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Brown were the only receivers to record 1,000+ yards and five-plus receiving touchdowns in each of the prior three seasons. However, in 2019, his production fell to 42 catches for 583 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. The Rams have reportedly been open to trading the wideout. 

[RELATED: Former Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks up for trade in Los Angeles]

At Oregon State, Cooks was one of the best players in school history ultimately winning the program's second Biletnikoff Award his junior season when he recorded 1,730 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns. 

Mikayla Pivec named Honorable Mention for USBWA All-American

Mikayla Pivec named Honorable Mention for USBWA All-American

Mikayla Pivec continues to rack up post season awards she has definitely earned.

On Monday, it was announced that Pivec has been named an Honorable Mention for the USBWA All-American team:

Along with Pivec, other Honorable Mentions include: Bella Alarie, Princeton; Brittany Brewer, Texas Tech; Te'a Cooper, Baylor; Crystal Dangerfield, UConn; Mia Davis, Temple; Rennia Davis, Tennessee; Kiah Gillespie, Florida State; Arella Guirantes, Rutgers; Ashley Joens, Iowa State; Stella Johnson, Rider; Lindsay Pulliam, Northwestern; Chante Stonewall, DePaul; Kianna Williams, Stanford.

The 5-foot-10 Oregon State senior guard's season ended too soon. Despite the NCAA Tournament cancellation, Pivec's four-year run at Oregon State will go down in the history books. She capped off her career in orange and black averaging 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds. Her rebounding stats were second in the Pac-12 Conference.

In her final game with the Beavs, Pivec became Oregon State's all-time leader in rebounding (1,028+).

We are going to miss the Pac-12 All-Defense, All-Pac-12 and now U.S. Basketball Writers Association Honorable Mention player who has done so much for the Corvallis community both on an off the court.

Congratulations, Mikayla!