Women's Basketball Adds Isabel Palmer To 2020-21 Roster
SALT LAKE CITY – University of Utah Women's Basketball head coach Lynne Roberts announced the addition of Isabel Palmer to the 2020-21 roster, rounding out an already talented recruiting class that is eager to get on the court this year.
Palmer is a 5-9 transfer from the University of Texas, who played as a true freshman in 2019-20. Palmer will redshirt during the 2020-21 season with the Utes due to NCAA transfer rules.
"We are excited to have Issy join our Utah family, and to have her here with us with three years of eligibility is also an added bonus," Roberts said. "Issy is a combo guard who really likes to get out and run. Whether it is starting the break or filling the lanes, her ability to knock down the three or create for others off the dribble is extremely valuable in the Pac-12."
"Her leadership qualities on and off the court will also benefit our program. The wealth of experience she has gained with Australia Basketball, as well as her one season in the Big 12, will only help her adjust quickly here at Utah. Our fans will love this addition to our already stellar guard line-up."
The Newcastle, Australia, native played in 27 games last season, averaging 11.5 minutes, 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Texas. She notched a collegiate career-high 15 points against UTRGV in non-conference play, also putting up 12 points and nine rebounds against Northwestern State.
Palmer was a standout during her prep days as well, earning 2018 New South Wales Female Player of the Year honors. She led New South Wales to the finals of the 2019 National U20 Championship, earning Most Outstanding Player after averaging 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in the tournament.
She also has experience on the Australian National Team, starting for Australia at the 2018 U17 World Cup, leading them to a bronze medal finish. She was integral in helping Australia qualify for the World Cup that year, averaging 11.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in the qualifying round.
Along with her experience on the national team, Palmer played for the Newcastle Hunters from 2011-17, winning multiple regional and state titles. She was the leading scorer in her age group in both 2016 and 2015 (23.2 ppg, 18.0 ppg).