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Kia Vaughn

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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.

AS A COLLEGIAN: 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.

INTERNATIONAL (as of March 12): Spent the 2011-2012 offseason playing for Cras Basket Taranto in Italy and averaged 12.8 points, .03 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game.

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.

Career Transactions

Acquired by the Washington Mystics on February 27, 2013.

Selected in the first round (8th overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft.