June 12, 2013-Women's basketball coach Jory Collins has announced the transfer of two NCAA Division I players to attend Emporia State and play basketball for Lady Hornets. Kionna Kellogg and Amber Vandiver will take the court for the Lady Hornets in the 2013-14 season.
Kellogg is a 6-1 forward from Ames, Iowa that transfers to Emporia State from the University of Minnesota. She started all 32 games in 2012-13 and played in a total of 96 games with 64 starts in her career. She averaged 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season. Kellogg was the Gophers’ second-leading rebounder and third on the team with 14 blocked shots. She earned a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten Team and was named to the 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
A 2010 graduate of Ames HS, she was the 2010 Des Moines Register Central Iowa Metropolitan League Player of the Year and a two-time Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-State honoree. She helped the Little Cyclones qualify for the Iowa Girls State Basketball Tournament in 2009 and 2010, finishing second in 2009 She finished her three-year varsity career with 846 points, 631 rebounds, 136 assists, 158 blocks, and 122 steals.
"We are very excited to have Kionna join us for her senior season," said coach Collins. "She has had three great years of Big 10 experience playing against terrific competition. Her skill set at the four spot fits in perfectly with what we like to do at that position. We’re expecting her to be a big factor for us next season."
Vandiver is a 6-1 forward that transferred to Emporia State at the semester break from Boise State. She started ten of 11 games in the first semester of her sophomore year, averaging 6.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game. She had 12 points and a career high 16 rebounds in a 71-64 win against UMKC. She saw action in 26 games as a freshman for the Broncos and scored a total of 37 points, with 37 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and seven steals in 7.3 minutes per game.
A 2011 graduate of Capital HS in Boise, Idaho she averaged 12 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.4 blocks per game during her only year. She earned second-team All-State and first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference honors as she helped lead Capital to its first Idaho 5A state tournament berth since 2002. She attended Laramie HS in Laramie, Wyo. her freshman through junior seasons. As a junior she averaged 11 points, a state-high 9.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game and led the state in field goal percentage at 60-percent. She was an all-state and all-conference honoree as a junior for the Plainsmen. She is the daughter of Emporia State men's basketball coach Shaun Vandiver.
“Amber transferred at semester and was able to practice with us the entire second semester so she has a jump start getting acclimated to our program," said Collins. "She also brings a year and half of D1 experience being a starter at Boise State. We’re looking for Amber to solidify our five spot and give us great depth and competition. She plays with a ton of energy and toughness and I’m excited about the contribution she is going to make.”
Emporia State finished last season 23-9 and was ranked #18 in the final WBCA National Poll. The Lady Hornets won the MIAA Tournament Championship in their third straight trip to the title game and advanced to the Regional Championship for the second straight year. Three starters and eight letter winners, including MIAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and Regional All-Tournament Team member Merissa Quick, are set to return for the Lady Hornets in 2013-14. Regional and MIAA All-Tournament Teamer Laura Patrick and Regional All-Tournament Team member Rheanna Egli complete the returning starters.
ESU Lady Hornet Transfers
Name Ht Pos. Hometown/Previous School
Kionna Kellogg 6-1 F Ames, Iowa/Minnesota
Amber Vandiver 6-1 F Westminster, Colo./Boise State
ESU Lady Hornet Early Signees
Name Ht Pos. Hometown/Previous School
Brooke Costley 5-7 G Mexico, Mo./Mexico HS
Megan Holloway 5-9 G Salina, Kan./Salina South HS