Arina Khlopkova played high school ball at Christian Academy of Louisville
RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team has announced the addition of Arina Khlopkova for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Khlopkova is a 6-0 guard from Moscow, Russia. She is joining the Colonels as a transfer from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Khlopkova spent her freshman and sophomore seasons at UTEP and has three years of NCAA eligibility remaining.
“I am thrilled to add a player of Arina’s caliber to our EKU women’s basketball family,” head coach Samantha Williams said. “Arina is a talented player with great size, and she can shoot the three and attack the rim. Her playing experience in Conference USA will help take our team to the next level as we join the ASUN Conference next year.”
As a sophomore at UTEP, Khlopkova played in 23 games, averaging 2.0 points per game and 1.1 rebounds per game. During her freshman campaign, she averaged 4.3 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game.
Khlopkova has strong ties to Kentucky. She went to high school at Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL), where she averaged 14.3 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game throughout her senior year. Khlopkova helped lead CAL to a Kentucky 2A Championship title.
When asked about her decision to attend EKU, Khlopkova said “I chose EKU because of the awesome coaching staff. It is also close to my friends and host family in Louisville.”
Khlopkova is the second transfer announced to join the EKU Women’s Basketball team for the 2021-22 season.