CORVALLIS, Ore. -- It was anything but a normal season for Oregon State women's basketball last year.
The Beavers had to overcome injuries to key players and multiple COVID-19 pauses, one of which caused the team to miss almost a month of the season.
"My biggest takeaway is just how much you lean on your teammates and staff for that support through those hard times," forward Taya Corosdale says. "I think, like I said, we take care of each other as a family. I think that's one thing we did extremely well last year considering all the adversity we had."
Corosdale has emerged as one of the veteran leaders of the team after starting every game last season.
Sophomore forward Kennedy Brown is back to 100 percent after missing all of last season due to a torn ACL.
"It's definitely different," Brown said. "You get to see so many things that you wouldn't when you're playing. You kind of have tunnel vision because you're so worried about yourself on the court. Sitting on the sideline for a year has taught me a lot. I've been able to approach the game from a different perspective."
Oregon State went to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite the injuries and pauses.
The team is looking to take that momentum into this season.
"I think there were only twelve teams in the country I counted that had three as good or better wins than we had by the end of the season," Rueck said. "That was a testament to making the most of those opportunities and really coming together quickly because we had to time and time again."
The Beavers are scheduled begin the season on November 12.