July 29, 2020 

NCAA grants Oregon transfer Taylor Mikesell immediate eligibility

The junior spent her first two seasons at Maryland

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Recovering from the loss of three first-round WNBA draft picks isn’t an easy task, but it just got a little easier for the Oregon Ducks. The program announced that the NCAA has granted transfer guard Taylor Mikesell immediate eligibility for the 2020-21 season.

“We are incredibly excited to know we will have Taylor available to play this season,” Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said in the school’s press release. “Taylor is a true shooter who will really open things up for us offensively, and her veteran leadership will be important for this young team. Duck fans are really going to enjoy watching her over the next two seasons.”

Mikesell was the Big Ten freshman of the year in 2018-19 when she played 34.7 minutes per game over 34 contests. She put up 13.4 points per game in her first campaign.

She scored 11.2 points in 29.8 minutes per game for Maryland last season. The sharpshooter scored 75.2 percent of her points from beyond the arc where she was good on 42.5 percent of her shots. Of the 306 field goals she attempted her sophomore season, 212 were from outside.

Mikesell will join a talented group of newcomers at Oregon, including freshmen Angela Dugalic, Te-Hina Paopao, Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kylee Watson. Junior college transfer Arielle Wilson rounds out the group of new Ducks.

Returners include Erin Boley, Taylor Chavez, Lydia Giomi, Jaz Shelley, Sedona Prince and Nyara Sabally. Prince sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, while Sabally lost a second straight season to injury.

Written by Kim Doss

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