Head coach Kelly Graves did his best to spread the talent he had on the floor during the pandemic season of 2020. Taylor Mikesell finished the year averaging nine points, two rebounds, and two assists per game. She also led the team in free throw percentage hitting better than 92 percent from the foul line.
Mikesell was successful on offense hitting better than 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. She transferred to Oregon from Maryland last summer and entered this last season with the best recruiting class the team has had under Graves.
The former Oregon Duck announced on Thursday she will transfer to Ohio State. She joined an Oregon team that was 31-2 and on the verge of a dream season before the pandemic hit. The Ducks lost the majority of their scoring with Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard, and Satou Sabally heading to the WNBA. She was expected to come in and fill a role, which she did very well.
Mikesell started 20 of the Oregon Ducks 24 games this last season. She showed chemistry with her teammates almost right off the bat working and celebrating with teammate Sedona Prince throughout the season. The Ducks came up short in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Taylor Mikesell has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
The Guard Position for Oregon has been stacked of late. Now, there is an opportunity for some new faces to get into the mix. The Ducks have lost three guards including Taylor Chavez (Arizona), Jaz Shelley (Nebraska), and Taylor Mikesell (Ohio State)
Ohio State finished the 2020-2021 regular season at 13-7, finishing the year at 10-1 at home. The team did not play in the postseason.