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Lady Lions Officially Welcome Two Transfers To Program

Penn State women’s basketball has signed two more transfers ahead of the 2022-2023 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Forward Chanaya Pinto and guard Taniyah Thompson are coming to Happy Valley after previous stops at Oregon and East Carolina, respectively. Before being made official Wednesday, Pinto announced her intent to join Carolyn Kieger’s program in late April.

Pinto played her first two collegiate seasons at Northwest Florida State College before spending one season with Oregon. In her lone season with the Ducks, Pinto appeared in 30 games and averaged 11.4 minutes, 2.9 points, and 2.4 rebounds per game.

“I am beyond excited to welcome Chanaya to our Penn State family,” Kieger said in a release. “Her high-level playing experience will immediately add to our depth. She brings versatility and length and has a passion for playing defense. Her ability to stretch the floor and the pace at which she plays make her a perfect fit into our system. Her best basketball is ahead of her and we can’t wait until she arrives in Happy Valley!”

Thompson comes to Penn State after three seasons at East Carolina. Her most recent season was her best, as she averaged 18.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game en route to earning first-team All-AAC honors. Additionally, she was named the AAC’s Most Improved Player.

The Connecticut native averaged 11.2 points per game as a sophomore and 13.7 points per game as a freshman, which led to her making the AAC All-Freshman Team.

“I am thrilled for Taniyah to be joining our Penn State family,” Kieger said. “Her ability to score at all three levels will be a huge asset for our program. She is extremely competitive and has a strong desire to play at a high level and help elevate our program. She has an elite mid-range game and she loves to play in the open floor. There is no doubt she is a perfect fit and we are eager for her to get to State College.”

Pinto and Thompson are the third and fourth transfers to commit to the Lady Lions this offseason. They join former Temple forward Alexa Williamson and former North Dakota State School of Science guard Ivane Tensaie.

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