The 2021 season will bring a new look to the Oregon State women's basketball program.
As the team eventually takes the court at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon next year, you might recognize a few key pieces missing: four-year guard Mikayla Pivec has graduated and two-year starter Destiny Slocum has found a new home with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Those two pieces were a huge part of head coach Scott Rueck's system that was staring down the No. 1 national ranking early last season.
But, the page has turned and it's time for new players to step into those roles.
One of those players includes the highly anticipated return of redshirt junior Taya Corosdale.
The basketball journey has been all but smooth for Corosdale. She suffered a hamstring injury just two games into the 2019-2020 season that kept her sidelined for the rest of the year. The road to recovery wasn't easy, but she is ready for her redemption tour.
And Beaver Nation is ready to welcome her back to the court as well.
I've never played in front of a crowd like Beaver Nation before… I just think that support and knowing that they have your back, it's the best feeling in the world. - Taya Corosdale
[The latest on the Talkin' Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State women's basketball forward Taya Corosdale].
The 6-foot-3 forward from Bothell, Washington averaged 6.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game her sophomore year. Her absence this past season forced freshman Kennedy Brown into action. The duo of Brown and fellow freshman forward Taylor Jones was stellar this past season and showed the Pac-12 conference that it's in for a ride for the next three years.
Corosdale was excited to see her teammates succeed, but the pain from injury and not being on the court was still there.
She had torn three tendons that attach to the bone and had surgery Nov. 21 following the annual Beavers Beyond the Classroom game, according to Steve Gress of Beavers Authority.
It was a hard year for me, not going to lie, but what kept me going was my teammates and my family. I had a really good support system from the coaching staff, athletic trainers… It made it a lot better not going through this by myself. - Taya Corosdale
Year after year, women's basketball in Corvallis, Oregon is something to spotlight with the growing popularity of the sport on a national level. Gill Coliseum's capacity feels like a lot more than 9,604 fans and presents a real challenge for opponents. Oregon State posted a 14-3 record at home last season.
That challenge will also include a new-look team featuring the anticipated return of Corosdale on the court.
Oregon State forward Taya Corosdale ready for her redemption tour originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest