Kayla

Mershon

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Forward
Height: 6'3"
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Chanhassen, Minn.
High School: Minnetonka
Major: Marketing

Bio

Q&A with Kayla Mershon

Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
  • No. 132 Player in the Nation (Prospects Nation, 2018)
  • No. 14 Wing in the Nation (ESPN)
  • USA Basketball Team Tryout (2016)

Freshman (2018-19)
Kayla Mershon (pronounced MER-shawn) earned her way into the starting lineup for the final 14 games of the season, after coming off the bench in her first 16 games as a true freshman.

A solid defender and good facilitator who rarely turns the ball over, Mershon averaged 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds on the season.
Over the final seven games, Mershon averaged 4.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals, including a career-high-tying eight points in a win at Penn State to close the regular season (March 2). She added four rebounds, an assist, a block and two steals against the Lady Lions.
Mershon established her career high with eight, while adding four boards off the bench against No. 9 Maryland (Jan. 8). She added seven points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal the next time out against Rutgers (Jan. 13), before making her first career start in a win at Illinois (Jan. 17). She scored five points against the Illini, including NU’s final points at the free throw line to seal the win.
She grabbed a career-high seven rebounds off the bench in a win over Kansas (Dec. 5), before matching that total with seven boards against Northwestern (Jan. 24).
Mershon established a career best with three assists in Nebraska’s Big Ten-opening win over Michigan (Dec. 28), before matching that mark with three assists against No. 12 Iowa (Feb. 25).
She notched two steals on seven occasions, including at Arkansas (Dec. 18) when she also blocked a career-high two shots.
Mershon played a career-high 30 minutes in a win over Purdue (Feb. 10). 

Before Nebraska
A six-time high school basketball letterwinner, Mershon was a four-time first-team All-Lake Conference selection for Coach Leah Dasovich. Mershon averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior in 2016-17. She helped Minnetonka to its first-ever girls basketball state title in 2016. She capped her high school career by averaging 12.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks as a senior at Minnetonka.

She was ranked as the No. 132 overall player in the country by Prospects Nation and was rated as the No. 14 wing nationally by ESPN.

Mershon also has played club basketball at the highest level for Coach Gerard Coury and the North Tartan program, which won the Minnesota State AAU title seven years in a row. She was named to the all-tournament team at the Georgia Super Showcase.  She was also invited to Nike All-American National Elite Camp in 2014, and advanced to the second round of tryouts for USA Basketball in 2016. She also has competed internationally with North Tartan in Europe against national teams from France and the Netherlands.

Personal
The daughter of Rick and Leslie Mershon, Kayla was born May 30, 1999, in Royal Oak, Mich. She has two sisters, Lauren and Ally. Kayla is majoring in marketing and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2018. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2019.

Kayla chose Nebraska over Indiana, Iowa, Arkansas, Oregon, DePaul, Utah, Minnesota, Princeton, Wake Forest, Colorado, Creighton, Saint Louis, Drake and South Dakota State.

“I chose Nebraska because I felt most at ‘home’ when I visited,” Mershon said. “The coaches and players are amazing, the campus itself is beautiful, and I love the Haymarket area right next to it. Not to mention the fan support is insane, and I can’t wait to be a Husker.”

Kayla Mershon's Career Bests
Points - 8 at Penn State, March 2, 2019; vs. Maryland, Jan. 8, 2019 
Rebounds - 7 vs. Northwestern, Jan. 24, 2019; vs. Kansas, Dec. 5, 2018 
Assists - 3 vs. Iowa, Feb. 25, 2019; vs. Michigan, Dec. 28, 2018
Steals - 2 Seven Times, most recent, at Penn State, March 2, 2019
Blocks - 2 at Arkansas, Dec. 18, 2018
FGM - 3 at Penn State, March 2, 2019
FGA - 6 vs. Purdue, March 7, 2019
3FGM - 1 Nine times, most recent, at Penn State, March 2, 2019 
3FGA - 3 at Maryland, Feb. 14, 2019
FTM - 4 at Northwestern, Feb. 21, 2019; at Arkansas, Dec. 18, 2018
FTA - 6 at Arkansas, Dec. 18, 2018

Mershon's Career Statistics

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

PF-D

A

TO

Blk

ST

Pts-Avg.

2018-19

30-14

31-85

.365

9-29

.310

26-41

.634

90-3.0

41-0

27

12

11

21

97-3.2

Career

30-14

31-85

.365

9-29

.310

26-41

.634

90-3.0

41-0

27

12

11 

21

97-3.2

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