Oregon State’s Women’s Basketball season ended just over a week ago with a second round Tournament loss to South Carolina. But while the the tournament continues, the Beavers team for next year is already beginning to take shape. Most notably, Oregon State will losing at least two key players.
Jasmine Simmons was the first to announce her departure. Simmons, a Junior Guard, has been one of the Beavers biggest contributors off the bench the last two seasons. Simmons posted to her instagram last weekend that she would be foregoing her senior season, and had decided to return to Australia.
Simmons wasn’t the only Beaver that decided to return to her home. Sasha Goforth, a Freshman Guard who started every game in her first season, announced yesterday that she had decided to return to her home state of Arkansas and continue her college career closer to home. Goforth was a five star recruit and McDonald’s All American, so she shouldn’t have any problem finding a place to play.
The past year has been harder than most to be away from your family, so both decisions are very relatable. The Beavers also have a solid group of seniors that, while they have been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, have to consider their futures. We got our first official word from one of them earlier today.
Aleah Goodman, who has been a star for the team for the past four years, announced that she would be leaving the program. In a post on twitter, Goodman talks about being ready to start the next chapter in her life, and whether that means the WNBA or another pro league, she is an incredibly talented young woman.
We still await word from the other seniors on the team, notably Ellie Mack and Jovana Subasic. It will be another tumultuous offseason for the Beavs, but with talented recruits like Greta Kampschroeder coming to Corvallis and Kennedy Brown hopefully set to return from injury, next season is going to be an exciting one to look forward to.