SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara has bolstered its lineup ahead of the 2018-19 season with the addition of Kayla Washington, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced on Thursday.
"We are so thrilled to add Kayla to our family," Henrickson said. "Kayla is an aggressive guard who can post smaller defenders and plays with toughness that is fun to watch. She can score at the rim and hit the midrange jump shot."
Standing at 6-feet tall, the versatile San Bernardino, Calif. native joins the Gauchos as a transfer out of Washington State, where she spent the first two seasons of her collegiate career. During her time as a Cougar, Washington didn't miss a single contest, averaging 14.5 minutes per game and tallying 66 total appearances with 14 starts.
Through the end of her sophomore campaign, Washington posted career averages of 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on a 43.7 percent shooting clip. She hit double-digit scoring figures on four occasions this past year, including a career-high 13 points on 6-of-8 from the field in a 74-70 win at San Francisco.
"[Washington's] work ethic in the classroom and the way she competes while battling on the floor is exciting," Henrickson said. "Her joyous personality draws people to her. I am excited to see our fans interact with her upon her arrival to campus."
Finishing as WSU's third-leading rebounder in 2017-18, Washington also pulled down a career-best 11 boards to help give the Cougars a 78-75 overtime win over the University of Washington.
"I am extremely proud to be able to make UCSB my new home for the next three years," Washington said. "I cannot wait to embark on this new journey with the team and the rest of the staff and I am truly grateful that they see so much promise in what I have to offer as a player."
Due to NCAA rules, Washington will sit out the 2018-19 season before becoming eligible to play starting in 2019-20. She is the second student-athlete to be added to the roster this offseason, joining guard Ijeoma Briana Anugwom in the Gauchos' 2018-19 recruiting class.