Women’s Basketball Adds Transfer Post Emma VanZanten

Emma VanZanten (Contributed from wmubroncos.com)
Emma VanZanten (Contributed from wmubroncos.com)

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.