Kayla Pedersen is using her time overseas this off-season to improve her game specifically spending more time in the paint and posting up opposing players.
I'm just excited for another opportunity to work hard and a chance to build up the Tulsa program, Pedersen said. I've been working on my all around game which includes post skills, drives, pull-ups and shooting. I feel that my post skills have improved because my overseas team has me playing as a post, so I have been able to get more reps in at that position.
Pedersen is averaging 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 26.3 minutes through 14 games in Slovakia for Dibri Anjeli and now the Good Angels. Pedersen started 20 of 33 games as a rookie for the Shock last season, averaging 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals a game in 23.8 minutes.
Pedersen started the 2011 season on a torrid pace, as she scored in double figures in six consecutive games in June, averaging 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 35 minutes a game before struggling with a shin injury late in the season.
Pedersen is now healthy and enjoying the game more than ever despite missing being apart from her family and friends. After her first full season overseas, Pedersen has high expectations for the upcoming Shock season.
My personal expectation is to contribute to the team in any way I can by being competitive, working hard, and leaving it all out on the floor, Pedersen said. I believe that the Tulsa team will be a cohesive, successful, and fun team to watch in the coming season.