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Cayla George's Bio

About Cayla George

Cayla George (born May 1, 1989) is a center for the Phoenix Mercury.

WNBA CAREER

Has played two WNBA seasons, both with the Mercury

Missed 2016 season to play for Australian National Team in Rio Olympics

Formerly known as Cayla Francis

Set a WNBA record for most defensive rebounds by a bench player with 14 on July 28, 2017 at Chicago…most rebounds by a Mercury player in a regulation game in franchise history

Has appeared in 66 of the possible 68 regular season games she’s been available for in her two years with Phoenix…appeared in all 34 games for the Mercury in 2015 and in 32 in 2017

Career averages of 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds

Owns two career double-doubles, seven 10+ scoring games and three 10+ rebounding games in career

Re-signed with the Mercury on February 7, 2017 after missing 2016 season to play with Australia in Rio Olympics

Originally signed as a free agent by the Phoenix Mercury on February 4, 2015

 

2017 SEASON

Appeared in 32 games, coming off the bench in all 32 of them

Came off the bench to set a WNBA record for defensive rebounds by a reserve player with 14 on July 28 at Chicago…they were the most defensive rebounds by a Mercury player in a regulation game in franchise history

Recorded 5+ rebounds in seven games, all while coming off the bench

Matched her career high in points on July 28 at Chicago with 14…with her 14 rebounds in the game, recorded her only double-double of the season

Knocked down two three-pointers in five games in 2017 and made at least one in eight games

Recorded a career-high 11 field goal attempts on July 28 at Chicago…also set career highs in defensive rebounds (14), total rebounds (14) and steals (3)

2015 SEASON

Appeared in all 34 games, starting in two of them

Finished sixth among WNBA rookies in field goal percentage (.427) and eighth among WNBA rookies in rebounding (3.1 rpg)

Recorded first career double-double on September 13 at Tulsa scoring a career-high 14 points and 12 rebounds

Recorded first career double-digit rebounding game on June 14 vs. Minnesota grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds

Made first career WNBA start on June 11 at New York…scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and had two assists

Led all Mercury bench players with 10 points in her WNBA debut on June 5 vs. San Antonio…finished 5-of-7 from the floor and grabbed three rebounds

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM

Played the 2016-17 season in Hungary for Uniqa Sopron…averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds in 20 games in Hungarian League play

Member of Australia’s national team that played in the 2016 Rio Olympics…played alongside Mercury teammates Stephanie Talbot and Leilani Mitchell, and former Mercury great Penny Taylor

Played the 2014-15 season in Australia’s WNBL with Townsville…..averaged 17.4 points (4th in the league) and 10.4 rebounds (3rd in the league) for the league champions

Was named WNBL Player of the Week on January 20, 2015

Was a member of Team Australia in the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women…..averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds and won a bronze medal

Played the 2013-14 season with Nantes Reze Basket in France and averaged 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds

Played the 2012-13 season with Pays d’Aix Basket and averaged 12.5 points and a team-high 9.9 rebounds

Spent the 2011-12 and 2010-11 seasons in the WNBL with Logan

Signed with Adelaide of the WNBL for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons

Began her WNBL career in 2005 where she played with Australian Institute for Sport for three years…..named WNBL Bettie Watson Rookie of the Year in 2007 after averaging 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game

Also participated in the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women (gold), 2011 FIBA Oceania Championship for Women (gold), the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women (silver) and the 2007 FIBA U21 World Championship for Women (silver) as a member of Team Australia

PERSONAL

Formerly known as Cayla Francis when she was a member of the 2015 Mercury team

Born in Mount Barker, Australia and resides in Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Married her husband Kailu George on May 8, 2015 in Australia

Has two Huskies, Coco and Ceasar

Also played professionally in Turkey and Israel in previous WNBA offseasons

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