Rising Penn State senior guard Kamaria McDaniel has entered the transfer portal a source confirmed to StateCollege.com on Thursday. McDaniel entered the portal earlier in the week according to the NCAA's online transfer portal database.
The news is a significant blow for coach Carolyn Kieger who enters her second year at the helm of the Lady Lions looking for a more productive season following a 7-23 debut campaign in 2019-20.
Despite the struggles to produce victories, McDaniel was a bright spot on the floor averaging 19.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game last season. McDaniel registered one 40-point game, three games in the 30s and a whopping 14 games with 20 or more points. Her scoring mark was second best in the Big Ten and 19th overall at the Division I level.
The departure will leave the Lady Lions in a difficult place offensively with McDaniel gone and the graduation of Siyeh Frazier whose 13.4 points per game marked the only other player to average double figures in 2019-20.
In turn the Lady Lions will have to lean on a host of younger players as well as the likes of Nia Staples who missed the 2019-20 season due to injury following her transfer from West Virginia the year prior.
"It is Penn State’s practice to not comment on student-athletes’ status regarding the NCAA transfer portal." A program spokesperson said when reached for comment on Thursday morning.
A player that enters the NCAA Transfer Portal is allowed to return.