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Heritage High standout Katie Peneueta to transfer to North Carolina State

6-foot-2 forward played past two seasons at Sacramento State

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: April 21, 2023, 6:22pm

Vancouver’s Katie Peneueta has committed to play college basketball for North Carolina State, the former Heritage High School standout confirmed.

Peneueta told Pack Pride, a N.C. State 247sports.com website of her decision on Thursday.

“I just felt a click while I was there that NC State was for me,” Peneueta told Pack Pride. “I really appreciated all the effort and thoughtfulness that went into the official visit they put together for me and how much love the staff showed to me. I definitely felt like it was home for me, so I committed right after.”

Peneueta entered the transfer portal last month after Sacramento State head coach Mark Campbell took a job with Texas Christian.

Peneueta, a 6-foot-2 forward, averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in her two seasons with Sacramento State.

She started 27 games last season, helping the Hornets reach the NCAA Tournament.

Like Sacramento State, North Carolina State was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last month.

A 2021 graduate of Heritage High School where she was a three-sport standout, Peneueta originally committed to Air Force in high school, but she was unable to gain medical clearance needed to enter the academy.

That led her to scramble late in the recruiting process for new college. Campbell quickly lured Peneueta to Sacramento for his first season as head coach.

When Campbell departed for TCU, NC State assistant coach Ashley Williams was the first coach to contact Peneueta after she entered the transfer portal. The two made a quick connection, drawing Peneueta to Raleigh.

“She definitely was a really big part of it,” Peneueta told Pack Pride of Williams. “From the first phone call we had, there was a strong connection there. It was almost automatic. I just had a feeling before taking the visit and I definitely am so looking forward to getting to play under her and the entire staff soon.”