Youngstown State head women's basketball coach John Barnes is excited to announce that Emma VanZanten has signed a grant-in-aid to transfer to YSU.
VanZanten is a 6-foot-4 post who played the previous two seasons at Western Michigan University. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., she will have two years of eligibility remaining when she suits up for the Penguins for the first time in the 2019-20 season.
"We are extremely excited about adding Emma to our roster for next season," Barnes said. "She has great size at 6-4, and she possesses the ability to score with either hand around the basket and from the perimeter. She will be a fourth-year junior for us when she is eligible to play, and she'll have two years of Division I experience and a year of practicing in our system. Emma comes from a great family, is a hard worker and does very well in the classroom, which are all traits that fit well with our current student-athletes."
VanZanten played in 60 games over two seasons with the Broncos, who won at least 18 games in each of her two seasons in Kalamazoo. As a sophomore, she averaged 2.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 28 contests while being named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team. She scored a season-high 10 points in just eight minutes in the MAC Semifinals against Buffalo. VanZanten played in all 32 games as a freshman and averaged 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds. She was majoring in special education at WMU.
As a prep star at Northview High School, VanZanten was a finalist for the Michigan Miss Basketball award her senior year when she averaged a triple-double of 18.5 points, 13.7 points and 10.5 blocks. She was a three-time all-conference selection and set the school record for career blocks.
Youngstown State earned a berth in the Women's Basketball Invitational in 2017-18 and played in a postseason tournament for the third time in the last four years. The Penguins have had a post be named all-league or academic all-league each season since 2009-10.