Women's Basketball Signs Tall Trio for 2011-12

Nov. 29, 2010

FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton women's basketball head coach Marcia Foster announced that the Titans have signed three players to National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers with the Titans.

Chelsea Austin (Los Angeles, CA/Beverly Hills HS), Natalie Williams (Cerritos, CA/St. Anthony HS), and Jessica Palmer (Elverta, CA/Antelope HS) will join the program as freshmen beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Austin, a six-foot guard/forward, helped lead the Normans to the second round of the CIF Division II State Tournament as a junior, averaging just under 14 points and 13.2 rebounds per game for the year while swatting 3.8 blocks per game. She was an All-Ocean League First-Team and All-CIF Second-Team honoree in 2010, helping Beverly Hills HS to a 21-13 overall mark.

"Chelsea can play all five positions on the floor," Foster said. "She has incredible passing ability, can shoot the three, post up and has the length and jumping ability to rebound on both ends of the floor as well as block shots. We are thrilled that Chelsea has chosen Cal State Fullerton to continue what could be an amazing career. We are looking forward to utilizing her unique skill set."

Williams, a 6-1 forward/center who played her freshman season at Artesia HS in Lakewood, helped the Saints to a CIF Division V title as the division's top seed and a runner-up finish at the CIF State Tournament as a junior, averaging eight points and 10 rebounds per contest en route to All-Santa Cruz League Honorable Mention honors. St. Anthony's finished 26-10 overall, reaching the state title game for the first time in school history.

"Natalie is long, athletic, quick and versatile," Foster said. "A true stretch four, Natalie has the ability to knock down the three, a great midrange game and a solid interior one. Her rebounding, defensive prowess and inside offensive presence, add solid depth to our post game while at the same time, challenging opposing post defenders to guard her on the perimeter. We are excited that Natalie has chosen Cal State Fullerton to continue her career. Her potential at the collegiate level is unlimited."

Palmer, a 6-2 left-handed post player from Northern California, averaged 9.2 ppg and 8.4 rpg as a junior for the Titans, earning All-Capital Athletic League honors and serving as team captain for the second-straight season. She was also named the team's Best Defensive Player twice as a sophomore and junior.

"Jessica is long and strong in the post," Foster said. "She has great court vision for a 'big' and great hands in traffic. Her defense and rebounding will anchor a solid freshman class and bring much needed depth to the post position. The addition of Jessica to our program solidifies our post game, strengthening our goal of becoming a threat from every position on the floor. We very pleased Jessica chose to join the Titan Family."

Cal State Fullerton, currently 3-4 overall on the 2010-11 season, continues play this weekend with a single game at Bowling Green State on Saturday (Dec. 4).