Shay Kirby Signs to Join YSU as Transfer from Austin Peay

Shay Kirby
Shay Kirby

Shay Kirby, a guard from Vienna, W. Va., has signed a grant-in-aid to transfer from Austin Peay State University to Youngstown State, YSU head coach John Barnes announced on Monday.

Kirby played in 79 games over three seasons at Austin Peay and scored 548 points while making 126 3-pointers for the Governors. She will have two years of eligibility remaining as a Penguin.

"Shay brings a new dimension to our team that is much needed," Barnes said. "She has great size and athleticism for a perimeter player. Her ability to play pressure defense as well as shoot a high percentage from 3-point range will be invaluable to us next season."

"Shay was a starter and big-time contributor on a 20-win Austin Peay team last season. That experience and success will put her in a great position to help our program take the next step in 2022-23."

Kirby, a 5-foot-10 guard who graduated from Parkersburg H.S., averaged 26 minutes per game in 2021-22 for a Governors squad that went 20-13 and played in the Women's Basketball Invitational. Kirby averaged 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. She made 47 3-pointers while making 39.6 percent of her attempts from long distance, and she added 20 assists, 22 steals and eight blocks in 30 games, 21 of which she started. Kirby ranked sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference in 3-pointers per game, and she was seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage.

As a true sophomore in 2020-21, Kirby averaged 7.5 points and 22.9 minutes per game in 18 contests. She ranked ninth in the OVC in 3-pointers made per game with 1.8 while shooting 35.8 percent from behind the arc. Kirby averaged 6.4 points and was named the OVC Freshman of the Week twice in 2019-20. She made 45 3-pointers that season, which ranked second among all freshmen in the conference and as the third-highest mark ever by an Austin Peay freshman.

At Parkersburg High School, Kirby led the Big Red to back-to-back West Virginia Class AAA state titles. She received the 2019 Mary Ostrowski Award for the high school girls' basketball player of the year by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association as she averaged 17.8 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists per game as a senior. She broke Parkersburg's all-time scoring record at the state championship game her senior year, and she named to the state all-tournament team.

Kirby is the second Division I transfer from West Virginia that the Penguins have gained in April. She joins Dena Jarrells, a Chattanooga transfer originally from Dunlow, W. Va., and both players will have two years of eligibility remaining. Mackenzie Hurd, who signed a National Letter of Intent in November as a senior at Nelsonville-York High School in Southeast Ohio, will also be a newcomer for the Penguins in 2022-23.