Kalmer leaves

Oregon State's Taylor Kalmer announced that she is leaving the women's basketball program and will play at San Diego State.

Taylor Kalmer announced on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that she is leaving the Oregon State women’s basketball program and will transfer to San Diego State.

“So thankful for all I was able to be a part of at Oregon State, being led in another direction thanks to God, family, friends,” she posted. “Cannot wait to grow, work hard and have some fun with my new coaches and teammates. Committed to San Diego State University! Go Aztecs!”

Kalmer, from Chandler, Arizona, spent three seasons with the Beavers. A 5-foot-8 sharpshooting guard, Kalmer averaged six points in 17.7 minutes off the bench last season as a junior. She played in 32 games this past season.

She averaged 3.3 points as a sophomore and played in 24 games after missing the first four with an injury. She scored 2.7 per game as a freshmen when the Beavers advanced to the Final Four.

Last season, Kalmer came off the bench to score 12 points against Notre Dame, the eventual national champions, in a 72-67 loss at home.

Part of a deep and strong guard rotation, Kalmer was never able to crack the starting rotation. The Beavers will once again be loaded at the position this coming season with the additions of Destiny Slocum and Jasmine Simmons.

Slocum, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association freshman of the year while at Maryland in the 2016-17 season, sat out last season due to transfer rules. Slocum averaged 11.5 points and six assist per game for the Terrapins.

Simmons is an incoming freshman from Australia who was ranked the No. 1 international shooting guard and seventh overall international recruit when she signed in November.

The Beavers also return senior Katie McWilliams, juniors Kat Tudor and Mikayla Pivec and sophomore Aleah Goodman at the guard spot.

McWilliams (8.1 points per game), Pivec (11.1) and Tudor (12.0) started all 24 games last year while Goodman (6.3) played in 31 games off the bench as a freshman.

In other news, forward Taya Corosdale, who started 25 of 33 games last season, reportedly had shoulder surgery recently. Corosdale played 24.4 minutes a game and averaged 6.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a freshman.

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