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Kia Vaughn's Bio

About Kia Vaughn

Position: Center
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
Birthdate: January 24, 1987
College: Rutgers
Hometown: Bronx, New York City, N.Y.

WNBA Transactions: Selected 8th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2009 WNBA Draft. Traded to the Washington Mystics along with the 2013 No. 17 pick in exchange for the 2013 No. 7 pick on February 27, 2013. Signed an extension with Washington on March 13, 2015. Traded to New York in a multi-team trade that also sent Bria Hartley to New York, Carolyn Swords and Washington’s 2017 No. 15 pick to Seattle, and Seattle’s 2017 No. 6 pick and 2017 No. 18 picks to Washington on January 30, 2017. Signed a contract with the New York Liberty on February 9, 2018. Signed a contract with the Phoenix Mercury on February 24, 2020. Signed a contract with Phoenix on February 5, 2021. Traded to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for a 2023 third round pick.



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

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

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

One of 19 active players with at least 2,000 career points, 1,500 rebounds, 150 steals and 150 blocks entering the 2022 season

Holds career playoff averages of 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 32 postseason games



  • 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

2022 Season (Atlanta)

  • Checked into her first game with Atlanta on May 13 against Las Vegas, recording five points with an assist and a steal.
  • Tallied three blocks in a win over Indiana (5/15).

2021 WNBA Season (Phoenix)

  • Played in 28 games with two starts in the regular season, and played in 11 postseason games.
  • Scored a season-high 10 points on September 19 against Las Vegas.
  • Recorded 9 points in back-to-back games on 8/25 and 8/27…nearly posted a double-double in the team’s win on August 27 at New York, while starting in that game…finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
  • Made her 2021 WNBA debut on May 26 against Las Vegas, finishing with 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench.

2020 WNBA Season (Phoenix)

  • 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 WNBA Season

  • Did not play during the 2019 WNBA season

2018 WNBA Season (New York)

  • 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 WNBA Season (New York): 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 WNBA Season (Washington): 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 WNBA Season (Washington): 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 WNBA Season (Washington): 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 WNBA Season (Washington): 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 WNBA Season (New York): 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 WNBA Season (New York): 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 WNBA Season (New York): Appeared in 30 games…Averaged 2.1 points, 1.4 rebounds per game and .348 field-goal percentage.

2009 WNBA Season (New York): Appeared in all 34 games…Averaged 4.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game shooting .493 from the field.


  • 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


  • 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 Preseason Freshman All-America Team


  • Born and raised in the Bronx
  • Married to Wayne Dorsey
  • Oldest daughter of Aja Ellington and has seven brothers
  • Has two dogs named Prince and Jeezy
  • 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 singers, Beyoncé and Rihanna
  • 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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