OSU Women's Basketball Lose, but Leave Behind Dramatic Season
The OSU women’s basketball team had the best season in their school history this year, making it all the way to the Final Four, with their final game against UConn. OSU lost 80-51, but recent South Salem graduate, Katie McWilliams ‘15, was three for three from the three point line during the game.
This season, OSU’s record was 32-5, and the season included back-t-back Pac-12 regular season championships, their first Pac-12 tournament championship, and their trip to the Final Four. Prior to this, the team had never proceeded past the second round of March Madness.
UConn, however, had “too much experience, too much talent, and its own date with history,” according to a Statesman Journal article. The Huskies, who beat OSU in Indianapolis, will be going for their fourth consecutive national title today against Syracuse.
A few of their returning team next year include junior guards Sydney Wiese and Gabby Hanson, sophomore center Marie Gulich, and freshman guard McWilliams. They must, however, replace three of their senior starters Ruth Hamblin, who was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, guard Jamie Weisner, Pac-12 Player of the Year, and forward Deven Hunter, who graduated from McNary High.
Hamblin scored 10 points, 11 rebounds, and six blocks in this final game. She is also the Pac-12 career leader in blocks, and is expected to be a first-round pick in the WNBA draft, with Weisner projected to be in the second round.
The Beavers returning players are expected to do well on their own, but there are also expectation for the upcoming freshman class. Mikayla Pivec, from Lynwood, Washington, is leading the class and is the highest-rated player OSU has ever signed at No. 24.
OSU may have lost their championship game with the largest point gap ever in a Final Four game [29 points] but there are still high hopes for the following season. The Huskies have a record of 10 national titles, a legacy no team is coming close to touching.
An old photo of Katie McWilliams in 2014 against Forest Grove on Jan. 13.