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Kia Vaughn's Bio

About Kia Vaughn

WNBA CAREER

11-year WNBA pro with career averages of 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 329 games

Selected with the eighth-overall pick by the New York Liberty in the 2009 WNBA Draft

Signed a free agent contract with the Mercury on February 24, 2020…traded to New York on  January 30, 2017 along with Bria Hartley in exchange for Carolyn Swords…traded to the Washington Mystics prior to the 2013 WNBA season from New York

Has reached the playoffs in eight of her 11 seasons in the league, including reaching the Eastern Conference Finals with New York in 2010

Averaged career highs in both scoring (10.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) in 2011 with New York, starting in all 34 games on the season

Scored 2,000th career point on August 23, 2020 against the Washington Mystics

Scored her 1,500th career point on June 29, 2016 against the San Antonio Stars

Reached 1,000 career points on May 16, 2014 against the Minnesota Lynx

Scored a career-high 24 points on June 23, 2011 against the Tulsa Shock

Grabbed her 1,000th career rebound on June 1, 2016 against the Chicago Sky

Notched her 500th career rebound against the Tulsa Shock on September 20, 2012

Grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds on June 20, 2014 at Minnesota

One of 17 active players with at least 1,500 career points, 1,000 rebounds, 100 steals and 150 blocks entering the 2021 season

Hold career playoff averages of 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 21 postseason games

2020 SEASON

Appeared in all 22 of the Mercury’s games in 2020, starting in the final 10 of them…one-of-three Phoenix players (Brianna Turner and Skylar Diggins-Smith) to play in all 22 games…Mercury went 7-3 in the games Vaughn started

Averaged 6.1 points (her highest since 2016 – 6.3 ppg) and 3.6 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game

Averaged 10.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting to go along with 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists over the final nine games of the season…her five games of 10+ point all came in the final nine games

Scored a season-high 16 points in back-to-back games on August 23 against Washington and August 28 also against Washington

Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds on September 5 against New York…most rebounds she has had in a game since August 14, 2018 against Los Angeles (also eight)

Matched her career high in assists (six) on August 28 against Washington…most assists she’s has in a game since also recording six on July 29, 2014 at New York while with Washington

Averaged a career-high 11.0 points in the postseason during the Mercury’s two playoff games…grabbed 6.0 rebounds in the two games, her highest postseason rebounding mark since averaging 8.5 in two playoff games with New York in 2012

2019 SEASON

Did not play during the 2019 WNBA season

2018 SEASON

Appeared in 29 games for New York in 2018, earning the start in 27 of them

Averaged 5.7 points and 4.0 rebounds on the season, while shooting 53.3 percent (73-of-137) from the field, nearly tying her career-best field goal percentage in a season mark set in 2017 (53.6 percent)

Scored a season-high 16 points on June 28 at Washington to go along with six rebounds

Scored in double figures four times on the season

Recorded one double-double on the year with 12 points and a season-high 11 rebounds at Chicago on July 1

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.

INTERNATIONAL

Holds a passport for the Czech Republic and has competed with the Czech National Team…played for the Czech National Team during the 2017 EuroBasket Women’s Tournament

Spent the 2019-20 WNBA offseason playing for Elazif in Turkey…averaged a team-high 20.0 points per game to go along with 9.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 17 games

Played for Fenerbahce during the 2018-19 WNBA offseason…averaged 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 27 Turkish League games and 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16 EuroLeague games

Spent the 2017-18 WNBA offseason with Fenerbahce where she averaged 10.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 33 Turkish League games…averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 17 EuroLeague games

Played her final season with USK Praha in the Czech Republic during the 2016-17 WNBA offseason…averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22 Czech League games and 10.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 19 EuroLeague games

Spent WNBA offseason playing for USK Praha in the Czech League from 2012-2015…averaged over 10+ points per game in each of the seasons, including a 16.4 points per game mark during the 2012-13 season

COLLEGE CAREER

Graduated Rutgers as the program leader in games played with 135

Recorded 68 games of scoring in double figures during her college career, while posting 40 games of 10+ rebounds

Finished career at Rutgers ranked second in both blocks (279) and rebounds (1,079) in program history

Finished as one of only four player in Rutgers history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career

Joined Sue Wicks as the only players in program history to lead the team in rebounding in four straight seasons

Was named to the All-Big East Second Team as a junior and was an All-Met First Team member by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association

During the 2006-07 season, was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team, as well as the Greensboro Regional All-Tournament Team, All-Big East First Team, All-Big East Tournament Team and was named the All-Met Division I Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year

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

Oldest daughter of Aja Ellington and has seven 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, Beyoncé

Was a journalism major while at Rutgers

Credits her exceptional foot skills to double-dutch jump roping

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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