NCAA Woman of the Year Award Show Set for Friday
CORVALLIS – The NCAA will announce the winner of its annual Woman of the Year Award in a live internet event on Friday. Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec is one of nine finalists for the honor.
The NCAA's Virtual Award's Show will be streamed on the NCAA Twitter account and ncaa.org/woty, and it will be streamed by ESPN. The show will start at 4 p.m. PT on Friday.
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Pivec is the co-founder of Beavs CARE (Corvallis Athletes Reaching Everyone), which aims to bring Oregon State student-athletes together for service initiatives. The guard traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a service trip with Beavers Without Borders, and has volunteered numerous hours with IMPACT for Life, Community Outreach Incorporated, Corvallis Women's Shelter and the DAM Worth It Campaign.
Pivec was a team captain, and completed her undergraduate degree in three years, majoring in BioHealth Sciences. From there she moved on to work toward a degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics. Pivec earned Academic All-America honors the last two years, and was tabbed as Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year after her senior year.
For her work on the court, Pivec was selected as an All-America Honorable Mention by both the AP and the USBWA. The senior was named to the All-Pac-12 team, the Wooden Award Ballot, the Cheryl Miller Award Top-10, and the Naismith Trophy Midseason Team, and was a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award. The guard from Lynnwood, Wash. averaged 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during her senior season. She set Oregon State's career rebounding record. Pivec finished second in the Pac-12 in rebounding and fifth in the conference in field goal percentage. The guard had 14 double-doubles in 2019-20, and is in the top-10 in Oregon State history for career points, rebounds and assists.
Oregon State is one of the most successful women's basketball programs of the last decade, having appeared in every WBCA Coaches Poll since the end of the 2013-14 Season. The Beavers have made the last four Sweet 16's and the last six NCAA Tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 2016.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).