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Kyra Dunn Granted Eligibility By NCAA to play for St. John’s Women’s Basketball

The NCAA has granted Kyra Dunn immediate eligibility, allowing the graduate student to play her final year of college basketball at St. John’s University in 2014-15.

“We’re excited that Kyra has been granted eligibility for the upcoming year,” said Head Coach Joe Tartamella.  “She’s a tremendous talent and gives us a level of depth in the frontcourt that we haven’t seen in a while here at St. John’s.”

Dunn, who graduated from The University of California-Berkeley this past year, played 14 games for the Golden Bears during their run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013-14.  She became eligible for Cal following the fall semester, making her Golden Bears debut against Connecticut in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.  Against the top-ranked Huskies, Dunn tallied four points, three rebounds and a pair of blocks.  The Sacramento, Calif., native then followed up that performance with a season-high six point, five rebound outing against Lafayette.

Prior to her time at Cal, Dunn played two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, where she became a mainstay in the Panthers’ starting line-up as a sophomore.  That season, she started 21 of Pitt’s 30 contests, averaging five points, 5.6 rebounds and 22 minutes played per contest.   She was also the team’s leading shot blocker, swatting away 36 attempts.

During her freshman year in The Steel City, Dunn appeared in 27 contests and led the team in field goal percentage, draining 56 percent of her shots from the floor.

Among Dunn’s most noticeable attributes are her length and shot-blocking ability.  Her 6-3 frame makes her a presence in the low block, while her long wing span allows her to alter or block a good number of shots.

Dunn and the Red Storm will kick off the season in just over two weeks, opening the 2014-15 campaign at Yale on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.

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