Kia Vaughn spent the 1st half of her WNBA career playing for her hometown Liberty before being traded to the Washington Mystics where she starred for four seasons. Back home for 2017, where she enjoyed the best year of her career statistically speaking back in 2011, Vaughn was once again looked to fill a big role, eventually as the starting center.
KIA VAUGHN 2017 SEASON STATS
Vaughn ended up starting 22 of her 28 games played, the 6 games she missed were due to overseas commitments for the EuroBasket women tournament in June, and came on strong in the 2nd half of the year, once she was back full time heading into July.
She shot a career-best .536 from the floor, and while her 4.9 rpg were not a career best, they did represent her highest per game total since the 2014 season. Vaughn scored in double figures 4 times with a double-double, her 1st since 2014, averaging 5.8 ppg overall.
In Vaughn, the Liberty were able to get exactly what they were looking for when she was acquired via trade just days before the free agency period began. She was a consistent post presence, bruising in the paint with the ability to hit a mid-range shot, and a formidable rebounder every time she took the floor. Vaughn also was a veteran presence for a Liberty team that was much younger than the previous season.
Looking ahead, one of the most physical post players in the WNBA, Vaughn will continue to be relied on as one of New York’s strongest presences on and off the court, and continue to hold down the paint on both ends of the floor.
KIA VAUGHN 2017 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
July 2 at Atlanta
Scoring in double figures for the 1st time in 2017, just three games after her return from competing in the EuroBasket Tournament, Vaughn went 5-of-10 from the field to score 10 points to go along with 8 rebounds against the Dream.
July 6 at Seattle
Vaughn posted her season-high in scoring and rebounding in the same game as she finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Seattle. It was her only double-double of the season and her 1st double-double since July 2014.
Sept. 3 at Dallas
Needing a win to secure the No. 3 seed in the WNBA playoffs, the Liberty closed out the season with a win at Dallas, and Vaughn posted 11 points and a season-best +12 in her 15 minutes, also hauling in 6 rebounds with a steal and blocked shot.