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Nittany Notebook (11-11): PSAC cancels fall sports; PSU women’s hoops signs two

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Update: 11:45 a.m.

**The Penn State women’s basketball program has signed two players, one a member of the Swiss National Team and a 4-star recruit, the other a top 100 overall recruit.

Here’s a look at the two signees, from PSU’s press release:

Ymke Brouwer

6-0 Guard/Forward | Zürich, Switzerland | United School of Sports

  • Member of GC Zürich, Swiss professional basketball team, that plays in the Swiss Basketball League.
  • Three-year participant in U-16 and U-18 European Championship on Swiss National Team.
  • Averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while playing in the 2019 U18 FIBA European Championship with the Swiss National Team…Ranked fourth in scoring amongst all tournament competitors.
  • Led team to a U-16 Swiss Championship and a spot in the 2020 Super Cup.
  • Ranked as a four-star recruit by Blue Star Europe and an “A” on GoGlobal.

Kayla Thomas

6-3 Forward | Beltsville, Md. | Emerge Christian Academy

  • Has guided high school team to a 76-13 record and a pair of district championships over her three full seasons.
  • Named MVP of the She Got Game Classic Tournament in 2020.
  • Named team captain ahead of 2020-21 high school season.
  • Ranked as the No. 9 post player in the Class of 2021 and #72 overall player in the class by Girls Basketball Report.
  • Ranked as the No. 90 overall player in the Class of 2021 by ASGR.
  • Played AAU ball for Maryland’s Team Takeover in 2020 and Boo Williams Virginia from 2017-2019.

“Ymke and Kayla bring much-needed size to our roster,” Penn State coach Carolyn Kieger said in a school release. “Both have played at the highest level of basketball in their respective countries and exemplify our culture. I look forward to them elevating our competitiveness and adding to our depth immediately.”

Update: 11:20 a.m.

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**The PSAC has canceled fall sports, and a decision on winter sports (including basketball) is due next week.

**Penn State’s Shaka Toney will be playing in the Senior Bowl.

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