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Two Former Lady Lions Find New Homes Through Transfer Portal

Former Penn State women’s basketball guards Maddie Burke and Tova Sabel will head to Villanova and UC Davis, respectively, after each spending two years in Happy Valley under head coach Carolyn Kieger.

Burke was first to announce her new destination back on April 19. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania, guard entered the transfer portal earlier this month and landed with Wildcats head coach Denise Dillon.

Burke became the Big Ten’s Sixth Player of the Year as a freshman and later received Big Ten All-Freshman team honors. Her 58 three-pointers during that first season rank as the third-most all-time by a Lady Lions rookie.

Burke’s involvement lessened this past year. She didn’t log any starts after recording 11 as a freshman. Over the course of the season, Burke averaged 2.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Just four days after Burke’s commitment to Villanova, Sabel announced that she was transferring to UC Davis. Sabel entered the transfer portal in March and declared her shift to California on April 23.

Sabel, a Stockholm, Sweden, native, averaged five points and 2.2 rebounds per game during her freshman season, increasing to 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds as a sophomore this past season. Before her time at Penn State, Sabel played as a four-year member of the Swedish National Basketball Team. She was voted a five-time team MVP during her career in Sweden.

Another Lady Lion, Shay Hagans, remains in the portal after announcing her intent to transfer on March 18. In other news, Kieger picked up a big transfer last month in former Temple forward Alexa Williamson, who will arrive with one year of eligibility remaining.

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