Mikayla Pivec

Former Oregon State Beaver Mikayla Pivec will sit out the 2020 WNBA season

Former Oregon State Beaver Mikayla Pivec will sit out the 2020 WNBA season

Former Oregon State guard Mikayla Pivec, who was set to enter her WNBA rookie season, has decided to sit out of the 2020 season.

The Atlanta Dream made the announcement on their Twitter page Monday, saying Pivec will not play in the 2020 season due to personal reasons, adding she ‘will be suspended by the Atlanta Dream.’ The Dream’s PR tweet did say the team would welcome Pivec back next season.

Oregon State's all-time leading rebounder and the shortest player in Pac-12 history to haul in 1,000 rebounds was selected by the Atlanta Dream as the 25th overall pick in the 3rd round of this year’s draft.

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During her senior year, Pivec averaged 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

The 5-10 guard was focused on enjoying the process and controlling what she can control just days before the WNBA Draft as she explained in April's Talkin’ Beavers Podcast.

You try not to worry too much about where you go or what's going to happen. Just know that hopefully God will steer me to the right place, and He will. Enjoy this moment and take it all in and spend time with family... Embrace the journey. -- Mikayla Pivec said ahead of the WNBA Draft in April

The 2020 WNBA season remains paused because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Walt Disney World would 'be happy' to host the WNBA season as well

Walt Disney World would 'be happy' to host the WNBA season as well

Sabrina Ionescu always produces magic on the court so it only makes sense she may make her professional debut next to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

According to Keith Smith of Yahoo! Sports, Walt Disney World would "be happy" to host the WNBA in addition to the remainder of the NBA season if the league wants.

"We'd be happy to host the WNBA here as well," a source told Smith. "We see this as an overall partnership with the entire NBA umbrella. We've been great partners for years, as seen with the NBA Experience at Disney Springs. This is an expansion of that."

Smith worked at Disney for 20 years before leaving to cover the NBA full-time.

The report comes hours after NBA spokesman Mike Bass announced that the NBA in congruence with the Player's Association have begun talks to play out the remainder of the season at Walt Disney Corporation's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

"The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," Bass said. "Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place."

On April 3, the WNBA season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no longer targeting to begin training camp on May 15.

"As developments continue to emerge around the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extension of the social distancing guidelines in the United States through April 30, the WNBA will postpone the start of its training camps and tip of the regular season originally scheduled for May 15," said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert in a statement. "While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees."

The league also held the 2020 WNBA Draft virtually which saw three Oregon Ducks go in the first round: Sabrina Ionescu (No. 1 to the New York Liberty), Satou Sabally (No. 2 to the Dallas Wings) and Ruthy Hebard (No. 8 to the Chicago Sky).

Additionally, Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec was selected by the Atlanta Dream with the first pick of the third round. 

Now, it appears like all four will make their respective WNBA debuts at Walt Disney World.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Oregon Strength & Conditioning Coach Aaron Feld.

Former Oregon State standout Mikayla Pivec shows off new look with Atlanta Dream 

Former Oregon State standout Mikayla Pivec shows off new look with Atlanta Dream 

Mikayla Pivec is wasting no time showing off her new basketball threads. 

The former Oregon State star’s dream came true, quite literally, in April when Pivec heard her name called by the Atlanta Dream the the 25th overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. 

Pivec looked good in Beaver Orange and black, but now the 5-10 guard will have a choice of color options at her disposal with the Dream. 

What will she choose… white, grey, blue, red, or light blue? Ask Mikayla herself, who displayed her incredible new gear in a video via the Atlanta Dream’s Twitter account on Sunday. 

“Good morning to Mikayla Pivec and Mikayla Pivec only,” the Atlanta Dream tweeted. 

After Pivec became the fifth Oregon State player to be selected over the past five WNBA drafts, she told the Dream she was ready to take advantage of her opportunity. 

“You grow up watching these amazing players and being able to be on that stage will be a huge accomplishment,” Pivec said. “I’m somebody that is going to do all of the little things for the team and do whatever it takes.”

Pivec reflected on her time at Oregon State, as well as what she’s been up to since the coronavirus pandemic hit on the Talkin’ Beavers podcast with Ron Callan. 

While Pivec is excited to don her new colors with the Atlanta Dream, Beaver Nation will forever hold onto her successful moments at Oregon State, capped off in orange and black.   

Mikayla Pivec embracing the journey ahead of WNBA Draft

Mikayla Pivec embracing the journey ahead of WNBA Draft

With the abrupt ending of the college basketball season and the NCAA not granting additional eligibility to winter sports athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mikayla Pivec has to move on to the next phase of her basketball career: the WNBA.

Ahead of Friday's WNBA Draft, Mikayla Pivec and her sister Malia Pivec, who runs cross country at Boise State, joined the Talkin' Beavers podcast with Ron Callan to discuss their excitement for Mikayla's big moment. 

The all-time leading rebounder in Beavers women's basketball history has focused on enjoying the process and controlling what she can control.

You try not to worry too much about where you go or what's going to happen. Just know that hopefully God will steer me to the right place, and He will. Enjoy this moment and take it all in and spend time with family... Embrace the journey. -- Mikayla Pivec

Pivec, a projected second-round pick, has had some conversations with respective WNBA franchises but won't tip her hands at which ones.

"I've been in contact with a couple teams. I don't want to share here who those teams are but I'm excited about it. It's hard to say where you'd go. It's a fluid process and depends on how everything shakes out."

She does have some franchises she's hoping give her a call on Friday because she'd love to play near her family. 

"I have some teams that I would love to play for, for where I have family in the area and that would be a cool environment to play in."

Speaking of her family, she'll be enjoying the moment with her family on Friday when her name gets called, as she's staying near her sister in Boise, Idaho at the moment and their parents will join them virtually over Zoom.

Pivec averaged 14.9 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior for the Oregon State Beavers this past season. Whatever team drafts her will be getting a dynamic scorer and one of the nation's best rebounders despite being a 5'10" guard.

The WNBA Draft will begin at 4 p.m. PT on Friday, April 17. 

You can listen to the full podcast here.

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. 

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!

Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec earns AP All-America Honorable Mention

Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec earns AP All-America Honorable Mention

The Associated Press announced the annual All-American teams on Thursday, and for fans of Oregon State hoops, there was a very familiar name on the list.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec, who helped lead the Beavers to a Top 15 finish this season, earned All-America Honorable Mention. 

It's just another special honor for Pivec, who also was one of 15 players to be named to the All-Pac-12 Team, and one of five players to earn Pac-12 All-Defense honors. 

Pivec is also a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The Beavers star averaged 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds this season. She ended the season eighth in career scoring and fourth in career assists at Oregon State, while setting the school record for career rebounds. 

Pivec is one of the best to ever wear the Orange and Black, and the honors that keep pouring in prove it.