Penguin women add 6-4 transfer from Western Michigan

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team just added some more height.

Western Michigan University transfer Emma VanZanten is heading to YSU as a grant-in-aid transfer.

Youngstown State women’s basketball coach John Barnes is excited to announce that Emma VanZanten has signed a grant-in-aid to transfer to YSU.

Since you can only sign one National Letter of Intent in your collegiate career, she is given a scholarship, but it is called a grant-in-aid.

VanZanten, a 6-foot-4 post from Grand Rapids, Mich., has two years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2019-20 season. She has to sit out the 18-19 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

“We are extremely excited about adding Emma to our roster for next season,” Barnes said in a news release. “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, who was on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team, played 60 games fro the Broncos.

She averaged 2.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and had 0.6 blocks in 28 games last season, while the special education major had 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds as a freshman.

VanZanten was a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Basketball her senior year at Northview High School, averaging 18.5 points, 13.7 points and 10.5 blocks.