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Why former Oregon State guard Mikayla Pivec opted out of 2020 WNBA season

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Mikayla Pivec’s legacy at Oregon State will be talked about for years to come.

The 5-foot-11 guard and all-time program leader in career rebounds (1,030) was a spectacular leader both on and off the court throughout her four-year campaign in Corvallis, Oregon.

It’s why the Atlanta Dream couldn’t pass her up with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft.

Five weeks after the selection, Pivec decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season, which was still up-in-the-air at that time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dream PR stated her absence was due to personal reasons.

Pivec joined host Ron Callan on the latest episode of the Talkin’ Beavers Podcast to discuss the decision further.

The best decision for me and my basketball future was to opt out this season. 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. — Mikayla Pivec

Instead of joining the Dream down in the ‘Wubble’ as the WNBA season has restarted at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Pivec has signed overseas with CD Promete in Spain. 

The Promete Sports Club is a Fundación Promete project consisting in the design of an educational environment in a defined and specific environment, such as a sports club considered as an ecosystem, with the aim of investigating and experimenting with the operational implementation of the principles of the new paradigm.


César Aneas, coach of the LF Endesa Promete Campus, has also had an impact on how complete Pivec is. "She is a very talented player who dominates many facets of the game, very capable of scoring, but also of generating and assisting," 

No surprise that coaches take note of how versatile Pivec is and something that her former collegiate head coach Scott Rueck loved about her too:

For now, Pivec will take her talents overseas and Beavs fans will have to wait until 2021 to see Pivec sport the Dream attire in the WNBA.

Listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast here.