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Kia Vaughn
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Kia Vaughn's Bio

About Kia Vaughn

Career Transactions: Selected in the first round (8th overall) by the New York Liberty in the 2009 WNBA Draft… Acquired by the Washington Mystics in addition to a 2013 2nd Round Pick (No. 17 overall) in exchange for a 2013 1st Round Pick (7th overall)… Traded to the New York Liberty on January 30, 2017 along with guard Bria Hartley in exchange for center Carolyn Swords.

Career Highlights:

  • Drafted 8th Overall by the New York Liberty in 2009
  • Career averages of 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game
  • Career highs of 10.1 ppg and 6.7 rpg with New York in 2011; led the Liberty in rebounding that season.
  • Has appeared in the WNBA Playoffs in 7 of her 9 WNBA seasons, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals with New York in 2010

2017: Appeared in 28 games, making 22 starts at center… Averaged 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game… Ranked 3rd on the Liberty in rebounding… Grabbed 5 rebounds against Washington in the WNBA Playoffs (9/10)… Scored 11 points and collected 6 rebounds against Dallas (9/3)… Went 5-6 from the floor to collect 10 points. Grabbed 6 rebounds in win over San Antonio (9/1)…Managed a team-high 9 rebounds, recorded a steal and block in home win over Washington (8/25)…Finished with 4 points and 3 rebounds, all of which came on offensive end. Also had 2 assists and 2 steals in road win over Indiana (8/23)…Posted 6 points and 7 rebounds for the 2nd-cosecutive game in a home win over Los Angeles (8/13)…Scored 6 points and was 2nd on the team with 7 rebounds in a road win over the Dream (8/11)… Shot 4-6 from the field to finish with 8 points at San Antonio. Grabbed 3 rebounds and matched her season-high with 2 assists (8/1)…Connected on 3 shots for 6 points and pulled down 6 rebounds against Indiana (7/28)…Scored 6 points and pulled down 7 rebounds against Washington (7/16)…Connected on 4-of-8 field goals to finish with 8 points. Pulled down 4 rebounds and dished out 2 assists against Chicago (7/14)…Scored 7 points and had 4 rebounds against Phoenix (7/9)…Finished with a season-high 13 points and 11 rebounds to post her first double-double since July 29, 2014, and first double-digit rebounding effort since Aug. 5, 2015 in a win at Seattle (7/6)…Scored a season-high 10 points and had 8 rebounds against Atlanta. Also tied season-high for assists and steals with 2 and 1 respectively (7/2)…Finished with a season-high 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Also scored 6 points against Washington (6/29)… Saw her first action since May 30th. Finished with 4 points, 4 rebounds, and a season-high 2 assists against Connecticut (6/23)… Missed 6 games in June while competing for the Czech Republic National Team in the 2017 EuroBasket Women Tournament in the Czech Republic …Posted a season-high 9 points and 5 rebounds in a win against the Mercury (5/23) …Scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds against Minnesota (5/18) …Scored 4 of her 7 points in the first quarter against the Stars, also grabbed 3 rebounds (5/13).

2016: Appeared in all 34 games, making 4 starts… Averaged 6.3 ppg, and 4.3 rpg… Ranked fourth on the team in rebounding… Scored a season-high 20 points against Chicago (7/1)… Grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds against Atlanta (6/18)… Swatted away a career-high 4 shots against the Dallas Wings (5/18)… Had 8 games scoring in double figures… Had a career-best .503 field goal percentage (97-193).

2015: Missed the majority of the first half of the season due to concussion symptoms…started in one of 20 games played…averaged 17.8 minutes per game…averaged 5.7 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game…scored three 10+ point games, including a season high 15 points against San Antonio on 7/31…led team in rebounds in three games.

2014: Started in 33 games out of 33 games played…fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game…played 24.1 minutes per game…second on the team in rebounds averaging 6.3 per game, including a career high 13 boards in a loss to the Minnesota Lynx on June 20…led the team in rebounds in 10 contests…tied her career high in steals, collecting four in a loss to the Indiana Fever on June 6… scored her 1,000th career point in the Mystics loss to the Minnesota Lynx on May 16…posted three double-double’s this season…scored a season-high 22 points in the Mystics victory over the Indiana Fever on August 8…scored 10+ points in 12 games…grabbed 10+ rebounds in three games.

2013: Started in 15 out of 34 games played…averaging 20.0 minutes per game…grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game…led the team in rebounds in nine contests…scored 6.9 points per game…scored a season-high 21 points on August 20 vs. Chicago in her return to the Mystics starting lineup… posted three double-doubles, including two consecutive in the last two games of the regular season.

2012: Started in 17 out of 31 games for the Liberty…averaged 22.9 minutes per game…pulled down 5.0 rebounds per game…scored 6.4 points per game.

2011: Led the Liberty in total rebounds 227 making for a 6.7 season average…Grabbed 10 or more rebounds in four games…Tallied a team single game season high in rebounds with 12.0 boards on (LAL, 6/21) – the fifth most in franchise history…Set new career-highs in minutes (37), field goals (12), free throws made (5), defensive (8) and total rebounds (12), assists (4), steals (3), blocked shots (3), and points (24)…Made her second career playoff appearance averaging 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.

2010: Appeared in 30 games…Averaged 2.1 points, 1.4 rebounds per game and .348 field-goal percentage.

2009: Appeared in all 34 games…Averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game shooting .493 from the field.

PRO OVERSEAS: For 3-straight years, Vaughn was the starting power forward for the ZVVZ USK Praha. In 2016-17 she helped lead USK Praha to a 4th place finish in the 2017 EuroLeague Women Tournament, and the Czech League championship… Competed for Fenerbahce in the Turkish League during the 2017-18 season.

INTERNATIONAL: Holds a passport for the Czech Republic and has competing with the Czech National Team… Suited up for the Czech Team for the 2017 EuroBasket Women Tournament in which they were the host country.

COLLEGE: Graduated leading the program in games played (135), surpassing team-mate Essence Carson by one game… Recorded 68 and 40 career double-digit scoring and rebounding performances, respectively… Finished collegiate career ranked second all-time in Scarlet Knight history for blocked shots (279) and rebounds (1, 079)… One of only four players in RU history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in career… Only the second player in program history to lead team in rebounding in four straight seasons (Liberty legend Sue Wicks was the other)… As a senior, averaged 9.9 ppg and 7.2 rpg, leading the team in rebounds… Registered five double-doubles in final season… As a junior, named second team All-BIG EAST, All-Met First Team by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association… Tied for 17th in final NCAA statistics in blocked shots per game in sophomore season… In 2006-07 season, named to Final Four All-Tournament Team and the Greensboro Regional All-Tournament squad. All-BIG EAST First Team and the All-Tournament squad, All-Met Division I Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, Kodak/WBCA Region I All-American… Contributed 11 rebounds NCAA Tournament debut as a freshman… Named the BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the ESPN.com Preseason Freshman All-America Team.

PERSONAL: Born and raised in the Bronx … Eldest daughter of Aja Ellington, has seven younger brothers … Has a dog named Prince … Walked past Madison Square Garden everyday on her way to high school at St. Michael’s Academy in mid-town Manhattan … Pre-game ritual is to listen to her favorite singer, Beyonce on her iPod … Wears No. 15 because one of her younger brothers was born on December 15 … Journalism major at Rutgers … Credits her exceptional foot skills to double-dutch jump roping … The most surprising fact about her is her fear of clowns … Began playing basketball in middle school by the influence of her mother … Was named the 2005 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year.

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