Oregon State women’s basketball alumni Mikayla Pivec was named of the nine finalists for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award this week, an accolade given annually since 1991 which recognizes “graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers”.
Back in late September, Pivec was selected as one of thirty alumnus selected for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, a group that was narrowed down from an original list of 605 school nominees. She now sits as one just nine finalists overall and only three from the Division I level, along with Arizona State triathlete Charlotte Ahrens and Kentucky swimmer Asia Seidt.
A former team captain during her playing days, Pivec has become as well known for her impact off-the-court, as she was for her stand-out talents on-the-court during her time in Corvallis. She was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year following this past campaign, after twice being pegged as an All-American Academic stand-out and was a “co-founder of Beavs CARE (Corvallis Athletes Reaching Everyone), which aims to bring Oregon State student-athletes together for service initiatives”.
The winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be announced on November 13th, via a virtual awards show which will be streamed by ESPN and the NCAA.