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Kayla Pedersen - Biography


- Born in Flint, Mich. and raised in Fountain Hills, AZ.
- Daughter of Gary and Kelli Pedersen
- Father played basketball at Saint Mary's College
- Has one younger brother, Kyle
- Majored in communications and psychology at Stanford



High School - Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ
- Four-year letter-winner and three-time captain in basketball
- 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

USA Basketball
- Invited to USA Select Team camp in April 2010
- Won her third international gold medal with the U.S. as part of the USA Basketball World University Games Team in July, 2009
- Was a member of the U19 World Championships USA Basketball Team that won gold medal in 2007
- Won her first gold medal as part of the U18 USA National Basketball Team at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

College - Stanford University
- Ended her Stanford career as the school's and Pac-10's all-time leader in rebounds (1,266), Stanford career leader in games played (150) and started (150), and minutes played (4,762)
- Is fourth all-time in Stanford 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
- In her senior year, she averaged 12.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game
- Shot 47.3 percent from the field in her final year
- Over her four year college career she averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, shot 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



- Appeared in 33 games, starting 20
- Averaged 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 23.8 minutes a game
- Scored a season and career-high 18 points against New York on June 23
- Grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Phoenix on July 8
- Played a season and career-high 40 minutes at Indiana on June 14
- Scored ten or more points in eleven games
- Ranked fourth in the league in points, third in rebounds and fifth in assists amongst rookies.

- Appeared in 27 games, starting 25
- Averaged 4.2 points, 1.6 assists and 23.3 minutes per game
- Averaged career-highs in offensive rebounds (1.3), defensive rebounds (3.0) and total rebounds per game (4.4)
- Earned career-high in defensive rebounds with nine and total rebounds per game with ten vs. Minnesota on June 9
- Second in rebounds per game amongst the Shock with 4.4 per game.

- Kayla was traded to the Connecticut Sun for a 2nd Round Pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft on June 20, 2013