Lady Lion Guard Leilani Kapinus Enters Transfer Portal

Update, 7 p.m.

Leilani Kapinus officially announced her entranced into the transfer portal Tuesday night.

“State College has been my home for the past four years and Penn State, its fans, and the community will always hold a special place in my heart,” Kapinus said in an Instagram post.

Kapinus will enter the portal with two years of eligibility remaining.

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Penn State women’s basketball guard Leilani Kapinus has reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to The Next Hoops’ Talia Goodman.

The redshirt junior ranks fifth in Lady Lion program history in career steals.

Kapinus averaged 11.5 points, 2.1 assists, and 6.8 rebounds per game in her third year in Happy Valley.

The Madison, Wisconsin, native was named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team at the conclusion of the 2023-24 regular season. Kapinus recorded a season-high 25 points in the Lady Lions’ December matchup against Saint Francis and tallied a season-high five blocks in the team’s WBIT matchup against Mississippi State.

“She just continues to get better,” head coach Carolyn Kieger said of Kapinus in January. “I think when she locks in mentally, emotionally, and physically, she’s one of the best defenders in the country.”

Kapinus will depart the program by way of the transfer portal alongside Ali Brigham and Shay Ciezki. Brigham announced her commitment to Bryant on April 5.

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