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Oregon State #9 In Preseason Poll

Sydney Wiese will lead the 9th ranked Beavers into this season.
Sydney Wiese will lead the 9th ranked Beavers into this season.
(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

The Oregon State women's basketball program will being the season ranked #9 in the nation. The preseason USA Today/WBCA coaches poll was released today, and after starting last season ranked #21, the Beavers, already the unanimous pick to win the Pac-12, now have their highest pre-season ranking ever. The only other top-25 preseason pick was back in 1994.

Oregon State returns 4 starters from last year's 27-5 team that reached the NCAA second round for the second season in a row.

And the attention is helping for the future for the defending Pac-12 regular season champions. Head coach Scott Rueck has been the best recruiter on campus in rebuilding a program that had 1 returning player, and had to be populated with open tryout walkons when he took over, and next year looks to top this season, when the program's first ever 5 start recruit, Katie McWilliams signed on.

5 star point guard Mikayla Pivec, a 5'9" point guard from Lynnwood, WA, and the reigning Washington 3A player of the year, announced she plans to come to Corvallis after trying to lead her high school to a second consecutive state title.

She joins 4 star guard Katharine Tudor from St. Mary's High in Stockton, California, where Ali Gibson, the sole player who graduated from last year's team to a professional career, and 3 star forward Janessa Thropay from Chino High in Chino, California, who are already in the 2016 class.

The Beavers begin the season Sunday, November 8th, against Corban College at 3 PM.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com