Tilleman, Lanz leaving OSU women's basketball program

2010-04-19T13:52:00Z Tilleman, Lanz leaving OSU women's basketball programGazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
April 19, 2010 1:52 pm  • 

The Oregon State women's basketball program received more bad news on Tuesday when two more players said they were leaving the team.

Six players with eligibility remaining have left the program since the start of the 2009-10 season.

Starting sophomore forward Kirsten Tilleman and freshman Kate Lanz, both Gatorade Players of the Year in their respective states as high school seniors, reportedly plan to transfer.

Tilleman, from Bozeman, Mont., started 31 games in 2010 and averaged 34.4 minutes. She led the team with 7.5 rebounds a game and averaged 8.1 points.

She averaged 3.8 points and 4.1 rebounds as a freshman, when she broke into the starting lineup midway through the season.

Tilleman's father, Jim, had no comment on the situation when contacted on Monday night, but did say she was going to finish out the term at OSU.

A natural resources major, she was a Pacific-10 Conference academic all-star this past season, and was the Montana Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2006-2007 at Bozeman High.

Lanz - a former Central Catholic High star, all-state player and Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year whose 2009 signing was seen as a major in-state recruiting breakthrough - also said she is leaving the program after one season.

Lanz averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. Her playing time fluctuated wildly and she averaged 8.3 minutes in 28 games, with no starts.

"I decided to leave because for me to be successful I needed to be in an environment that was positive and it wasn't a positive environment," Lanz told the Oregonian newspaper.

"I needed to make a change."

Six players with remaining eligibility, and an assistant coach, have left the program during the season or since the Beavers concluded Wagner's fifth year as their coach with 12-20 overall and 3-15 Pacific-10 Conference records, and a 16-game losing streak.

It was her third losing season in five years at OSU, where she is 69-85 overall and 27-63 in the Pac-10.

Those not returning at this point are sophomores-to-be Lanz, Tayler Champion and Amaya Gastaminza; juniors-to-be Tilleman and Kassandra McCalister, and senior-to-be Talisa Rhea, the team's leading scorer. Assistant Kellee Barney will also not return after two seasons on the staff.

Champion transferred to UC Irvine at midseason; Rhea signed with Seattle University last week. It's believed Lanz will attend Portland State, which won the Big Sky Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2010.

Three players completed their eligibility in 2010. As of Monday, only five of last season's 14 scholarship players are still on the team.

OSU had an unknown recruit on campus on Monday and has signed two players for the 2010-11 season: Alyssa Martin of Jesuit High, the daughter of ex-OSU men's star Earl Martin, and Classye James of Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, the same school McCalister graduated from.

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