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Kayla Pedersen's Bio

About Kayla Pedersen

Position: Forward

Height: 6-4

Weight: 190

Date of Birth: April 14, 1989

College: Stanford ‘11

High School: Red Mountain High (Mesa, AZ)

Drafted: Selected by the Tulsa Shock in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft on April 11, 2011

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Has played in 184 games with 52 starts over six seasons
  • Career totals include 620 points, 555 rebounds, 196 assists, 119 steals and 53 blocks
  • Smart veteran with variety of moves
  • Physical presence down low
  • Collected 500th career point during 2015 season

2017 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 26 games with no starts
  • Signed with the team on June 10th
  • Collected 500th career rebound at New York (6/23)
  • Scored 600th career point against Washington (7/8)
  • Had a season-high six rebounds (twice)
  • Played a season-high 22 minutes against Seattle (6/29)
  • Had a season-high four offensive rebounds against Washington (7/8)

2016 – Did not play in the WNBA

2015 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 33 games with one start
  • Missed one game with concussion
  • Had a season-high nine points twice
  • Scored 500th career point against Indiana (6/30)
  • Had season-high eight rebounds against Tulsa (8/12)

2014 HIGHLIGHTS WITH CONNECTICUT:

  • Appeared in 31 games with one start
  • Pulled down 72 rebounds while scoring 45 points on the year
  • Had a season-high seven rebounds at New York (8/8)

2013 HIGHLIGHTS WITH TULSA:

  • Traded to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for second-round pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft on June 20, 2013
  • Appeared in all 34 games, nine with Tulsa and 25 with the Sun
  • Started five games with Tulsa
  • Averaged six points and 5.3 rebounds over last three games
  • Pulled down season-high eight rebounds at Atlanta (8/16)
  • Had 14 blocks, a new single-season high

2012 HIGHLIGHTS WITH TULSA:

  • Appeared in 27 games with 25 starts for Tulsa
  • Set career highs for made free throws and attempts (7 of 7) at Connecticut (6/12)
  • Played career-high 40 minutes at Indiana (6/14)
  • Pulled down career-best 10 rebounds against Minnesota (6/9)
  • Ranked second on Shock in rebound average (4.4), a single-season career high

2011 HIGHLIGHTS WITH TULSA:

  • Appeared in 33 games with 20 starts for Tulsa
  • Enjoyed solid rookie season
  • Scored a single-season career high 6.8 points per game
  • Had a career-best 18 points against New York (6/23)
  • Had career-best three made threes against Los Angeles (7/15)
  • Had season-high nine rebounds against Phoenix (7/8)
  • Hit 22 threes on the season
  • Scored 10 or more points 11 times
  • Ranked fourth in scoring, third in rebounds and fifth in assists among rookies

OVERSEAS COMPETITION:

  • Spent 2011-12 season playing for Good Angels Kosice in Slovakia

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ended her Stanford career as the school’s and Pac-10’s all-time leader in rebounds (1,266)
  • Was Stanford career leader in games played (150) and started (150), and minutes played (4,762)
  • Left Stanford fourth all-time in school history with 8.4 rebounds per game and seventh with 1,941 points scored
  • Honorable mention Associated Press All-American and an All-Pac 10 performer in her senior season
  • Averaged 12.9 points, eight rebounds and 3.2 assists per game
  • Shot 47.3 percent from the field in her final year
  • Averaged 13 points and eight rebounds, shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc
  • Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, to All Pac-10 Third Team and to Pac-10 All-Freshman Team

PERSONAL:

  • Daughter of Gary and Kelli Pedersen
  • Father played basketball at St. Mary’s College
  • Has one younger brother, Kyle
  • Born in Flint, Michigan
  • Four-year letter-winner and three-time captain in basketball at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Arizona
  • Named a McDonald’s All-American in 2007
  • Earned All-America nods from EA Sports, Parade, USA Today and the WBCA in 2007
  • Garnered All-American nods from EA Sports and Parade in 2006
  • Named Gatorade Player of the Year two consecutive years (2005-06 & 2006-’07)
  • Named U.S. Marines Distinguished Athlete award in 2007
  • Two-time Arizona Republic and East Valley Tribune Player of the Year
  • Four-time East Valley Region First Team selection
  • 2005-06 East Valley Region MVP
  • 2005 Arizona Republic First Team selection
  • Named to Arizona Republic Second Team in 2004
  • Helped lead team to 5A-DI state title as a senior
  • Established 5A scoring record with 2,611 career points
  • Set high school career records with 2,611 points, 1,444 rebounds, 434 assists and 304 blocks
  • Member of the Under-19 World Championships USA Basketball Team that won gold medal in 2007
  • Part of the gold medal-winning U18 USA National Basketball Team in 2006
  • Majored in communications and psychology at Stanford
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