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Kayla Pedersen #7 Forward

Kayla Pedersen

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2013 WNBA Season: 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 WNBA Season: 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 WNBA Season: 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…Scored 10 or more points 11 times…Ranked fourth in scoring, third in rebounds and fifth in assists among rookies.

Other Professional Experience: Spent 2011-12 season playing for Good Angels Kosice in Slovakia.

College: 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, Mich…Four-year letter-winner and three-time captain in basketball at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz...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.

Career Transactions

Selected by the Tulsa Shock in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft on April 11th…Traded to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for second-round pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft on June 20, 2013.