Women's Basketball Signs New Zealand Standout

April 12, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Lisa Pardon, a 5-9 guard from Auckland, New Zealand, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball next season at Oregon State University, announced Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra on Thursday.

'Lisa's a good person with great character,' commented Spoelstra. 'She's a good 3-point shooter and this is an area that we definitely wanted to sure up. After losing Syesha (Thomas) to graduation we really wanted to get another outside shooter and we think Lisa will be able to come in right away and do that for us.'

Pardon will join the Beaver squad for the 2001-02 season after graduating from Rangitoto College. In her career at Rangitoto, Pardon has earned numerous awards while playing under her father, Chris Pardon. As a senior, she helped lead her team to a third place finish at the New Zealand High School National Championships and was voted the Tournament Most Valuable Player after averaging 31.6 points per contest over eight games.

'My family and I are very excited at Lisa's choice of OSU,' commented Chris Pardon. 'We feel confident that Lisa will continue to get a great education while having the opportunity to play for a very professional basketball program in one of the best conferences in the USA.'

No stranger to international competition, Pardon is a three-year member of the New Zealand National Team and was member of the New Zealand National Women's Olympic Games Squad. The 18-year-old was one of four reserves for the Sydney Olympics.

'Lisa has good decision making skills because she's played at a high level with the New Zealand National Team,' said Spoelstra. 'She's a player that's used to playing with older, more experienced players so I think she'll make that jump from high school into Division I rather quickly.'

In her final year of high school, Pardon averaged 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game.

'Lisa is used to playing with a little bit bigger, heavier basketball and a 3-point area that is further than our 3-point area,' said Spoelstra. 'This is going to hopefully give us some added distance to our 3-point shooting.'

Pardon chose Oregon State because of its, 'fantastic coaching staff and team as well as the incredible campus and small town atmosphere.'

'Both she and her father came out on a campus visit and just fell in love with the state of Oregon and the city of Corvallis,' commented Spoelstra.

'I feel Lisa has the skills to help the Beavers early, and I have a feeling the team is poised to be a contender for the top few spots in the Pac-10 next season,' added Chris Pardon. 'One thing is for sure - there's going to be a family of committed Beaver fans down here in New Zealand!'

Oregon State is looking to sign three more athletes to join Pardon and Jessica Jones (Brush Prairie, WA) as newcomers for the 2001-02 season.

Women's Basketball signee:
Lisa Pardon (Auckland, New Zealand/Rangitoto College)

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