According to an official release from USA Basketball, Oregon State women’s basketball guard Mikayla Pivec was one of twelve players selected to represent the United States at the Pan-American games later this summer.
Pivec is coming off a strong junior campaign, in which she averaged 15.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest, shot 56.2% from the field and was named to the All-Pac-12 team. She is currently 14th in school history on the all-time scoring list and 9th on the all-time rebounding list. This past season, she finished second on the team in scoring and assists behind Destiny Slocum and lead the squad in rebounding and free-throw attempts.
After four days of trials in Colorado, Pivec was named to the team alongisde a cast of notable talents, including Bella Alarie (Princeton), Brittany Brewer (Texas), Chennedy Carter (Texas A&M), Kathleen Doyle (Iowa), Tyasha Harris (South Carolina), Taylor Mikesell (Maryland), Beatric Mompremier (Miami-FL), Michaela Onyenwere (UCLA), Lindsey Pulliam (Northwestern), Kiana Williams (Stanford) and Peyton Williams (Kansas State). The team will be coached by Michigan State’s Suzy Merchant, who will be assisted by Buffalo’s Felisha Legette-Jack and Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer.
The 2019 Pan-American Games is a tournament style competition that will take place from August 6th to August 10th in Lima, Peru. The tournament is hosted every four years and back in 2015, the United States came home with a silver medal after a championship game loss to Canada, despite having a stacked roster that included the likes of Breanna Stewart, Alaina Coates, Moriah Jefferson, Kelsey Plum and more.
According to the information available on the Team USA website, Pivec is the first Oregon State women’s basketball player ever to be selected to compete in the Pan-American Games for the United States.