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Three years ago, point guard Destiny Slocum had just finished her freshman season at Maryland. She was named the national Freshman of the Year by the WBCA. And she was heading back to the West Coast.
The native of Meridian, Idaho landed in Corvallis with the Oregon State Beavers. There, she teamed up with Mikayla Pivec and Aleah Goodman to go 49-17 and make it to the 2019 Sweet Sixteen. Now, after two years on the court for the Beavers, Slocum is heading somewhere else for her final college season.
On Thursday afternoon, Oregon State announced that Slocum would be entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. The post included a message from Slocum thanking Oregon State coaches, fans, teammates and staff. She will be immediately eligible to play at her new school.
In her two years as a Beaver, Slocum averaged 15.2 points per game to go along with 4.6 assists. She had a superb 1.75 assist to every turnover and added 3.2 rebounds. As with all of the Oregon State guards, she has been deadly from outside, hitting 36.8 percent of her 3-point shots.
This season, Slocum led the team with 14.9 ppg and 4.7 apg. Her 29.6 minutes per game were second only to Pivec’s 34.1 mpg.
The loss will a big one for coach Scott Rueck’s team to absorb. With the departure of Slocum adding to the loss of seniors Pivec and Kat Tudor, the Beavers will be without three significant contributors. When the season ended, the trio made up three-fifths of the starting line-up.
The departure will also leave the team with little experience. Without Slocum, the Beavers are left with just one rising senior and three rising juniors on the roster.
Of course, there are always more in the portal.
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