Standish Claims Another Award, April's Zag of the Month
Spokane, Wash. - April's Zag-of-the-Month has been awarded to Kayla Standish, a member of the Women's Basketball team. The senior, majoring in Special Education, has been recognized for her leadership and achievements on the court and in the community as one of the most prolific women's basketball student-athletes in GU history.
From Ellensberg, WA, Standish was a team captain for the 2011-2012 season and led the team to another West Coast Conference Regular Season Championship this spring, as well as the program's trip to the Sweet 16 in March. During her tenure, the team made appearances in the NCAA Tournament each year, including their historic run to the Elite 8 in 2011. She played in every game at Gonzaga and leaves the program tied for the Zags and WCC record for most games played. Standish was honored after being named both WBCA and Associated Press All-America honorable mention in 2012 and was named to the 2012 NCAA Tournament Kingston Regional All-Tournament Team.
Standish graduates from Gonzaga holding the career record in blocks with 176 and is the only player in school history to score over 1,500 points, accrue more than 800 rebounds and block 150 shots. She was named to the All-WCC Regular Season and Tournament Team this spring, in addition to representing the United States in the Pan American Games in October 2011. Standish was awarded Gonzaga's 2012 Female Athlete of the Year, and is Gonzaga's fifth All-American. In April she was selected as the 19th overall pick by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, becoming the third player in GU Women's Basketball history to be drafted into the WNBA.
Standish has served the Spokane community through several local organizations. She has worked as a life coach at Artisans and has devoted countless hours to coaching summer basketball camps at Gonzaga University. She has also visited and worked as a classroom aid at Indian Trail Elementary School, Garfield Elementary School and Shadle Park High School of Spokane.
A student-athlete selected as Zag-of-the-Month exhibits effort and excellence in academics, leadership, integrity, campus involvement, community service, dedication to team, and the ability to serve as a role model for current and future GU students and student-athletes. Each month GU's S.A.A.C. nominates and selects one of their peers for the award.