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#34 Kaihla Szunko
Position: Forward
Height: 6'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Saginaw, Mich.
High School: Heritage HS
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Kaihla Szunko
Courtesy: Mike Boseak/CMU Athletics
Release: 03/21/2011

Career: Became the 20th member of CMU’s 1,000 point club against Wichita State (12/22) ... finished her career ranked ninth on CMU’s all-time scoring list, third in rebounds, third in steals, sixth in blocks, second in field goal percentage, eighth in field goals made, 10th in free throws made and fifth in rebounding average ... one of just four players in CMU history to reach 200 career steals and one of just three to reach 1,000 career rebounds ... first player in MAC history to record at least 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 steals ... ranked sixth in MAC history in rebounds.

2010-11: [Game-by-Game Statistics ] Named second-team Academic All-America and first-team Academic All-District ... second-team All-MAC pick ... ranked seventh on CMU's single season points list, fourth in field goals made, eighth in field goal percentage, second in rebounds, sixth in rebounding average and fifth in steals ... owns one triple-double, 19 double-doubles, nine 20-plus scoring efforts and 26 double-figure scoring efforts on the year ... tied a MAC Tournament record with 19 rebounds against Bowling Green in the semifinals (3/11), a MAC season-high ... earned all-tournament honors at the Winthrop Classic for putting together a pair of double-doubles in the two games ... averaged 20.5 points and 14.0 rebounds with 4.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.0 blocks ... earned all-tournament honors at the NAU Thanksgiving Tournament (11/26-11/27) for averaging 16.5 points and 12.0 rebounds, including a pair of double-doubles ... named MAC West Player of the Week on Nov. 29 ... named to the all-tournament team after averaging 16.5 points, eight rebounds, 3.5 steals and three assists in Aces Classic (12/3-12/4) ... put together the second triple-double in CMU history against Ole Miss with 21 points, 16 rebounds and 10 steals ... 10 steals were a CMU single-game record and the second-most in the nation in 2010-11 ... named MAC West Player of the Week on Dec. 20 ... scored 22 points against Wichita State to cross the 1,000 point mark (12/22) ... named MAC West Player of the Week on Dec. 27 ... dished out a career-high eight assists, falling just two short of her second triple-double against Eastern Michigan with 16 points and 13 rebounds (1/12) ... named MAC West Player of the Week for the fourth time in 2010-11 on Feb. 14 ... scored in double-figures 26 times and piled up 20 double-doubles ... broke the 20-point mark nine times ... teamed up with Shonda Long to become just the third pair of teammates in CMU history to break 450 points each, tying the tandem scoring mark with 992 points (Britni Houghton and Angel Chan, 2008-09).

2009-10: [Game-by-Game Statistics ] Third-team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC choice ... her 81 steals ranked fourth on CMU's single-season chart, her 56.0 field goal percentage ranked fifth and her 281 rebounds ranked sixth ... ranked 48th in the nation in rebounding, 33rd in steals and 15th in field goal percentage ... led the Chippewas with six 20-plus scoring efforts ... scored in double-figures 20 times and grabbed 10 or more boards 15 times ... finished with 11 double-doubles ... snared a season-best seven steals vs. Quinnipiac (12/29/09) ... posted three games with at least 15 rebounds, including a season-best 18 against Bowling Green (2/10/10) ... scored a career-best 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds at Toledo (1/9/10) ... lifted CMU to a win over Ohio in the opening round of the MAC Tournament (3/7/10), scoring 25 points including a key three-point play down the stretch ... pounced on 12 offensive rebounds against Miami (1/30/10) ... one of just two Chippewas to start every game ... ranked 15th in the MAC in scoring, third in rebounding, second in field goal percentage, first in steals, second in offensive rebounds and third in defensive boards ... her scoring average jumped to 13.8 in league play, the 11th-best mark in the MAC, and she shot an impressive 59.3 percent during conference action, the best among MAC players.

2008-09: [Game-by-Game Statistics ] Became the first Academic All-MAC pick for CMU since 2006 … her .559 field goal percentage ranks seventh on CMU’s single-season list … grabbed 315 rebounds, the fourth-highest total in CMU history … ranked sixth on CMU’s single-season rebounding list with a 9.8 average, which led the MAC and ranked 25th nationally… just the second Chippewa in MAC history to pace the field in rebounding … posted one of just 19 seasons at 60-plus steals in program history … had 22 double-figure scoring efforts, 16 double-figure rebound efforts and 12 double-doubles … was a two-time MAC West Division Player of the Week … was one of just two Chippewas to start every game … had five games of 15 or more rebounds, capped by 18 boards against Western Michigan (1/17) … cracked the 20-point mark in a game twice (vs. Georgetown, 11/22 and vs. Eastern Michigan, 3/7) … nabbed 18 rebounds against Western Michigan (1/17), tied for the ninth-highest single game total in CMU history … teamed with Brandie Baker to post the best rebound tandem in the MAC (15.7 combined boards).

2007-08:
Missed the season due to an injury suffered during a preseason game ... received a medical redshirt.  

2006-07: [
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Her first points as a Chippewa came against IPFW with a four-point effort (12/2/06) … scored a season-high 10 point twice, against Marygrove College (12/5/06) and Western Michigan (1/3/07).

High School:
Earned letters in basketball, volleyball and softball … named to the Class A all-state third team by the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News … received Class A fourth team all-state honors in senior year from the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan … selected to the Associated Press Class A honorable mention all-state team as a senior … nominated for the McDonald’s All-America team … named first-team all-area by the Saginaw News as a junior and senior … earned first-team All-Saginaw Valley honors as a junior and senior … twice named team MVP … listed as the No. 14-ranked player in Michigan by the Detroit Free Press and as a Player to Watch by the Detroit News … played with Kendra Holman on the Michigan Belles AAU squad which finished first in the state and ninth at nationals in 2005-06 … earned all-area, all-regional, all-conference and all-district honors in volleyball … received all-conference and all-district honors in softball. 

 

                                 Total         3-Point                    Rebounds   
Year      GP-GS   Min/Avg    FG-FGA   Pct   FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct Off-Def  Tot  Avg  PF-FO Ast  TO Blk Stl  Pts/Avg  
2006-07   26-0    313/12.0   34-97   .351    4-28   .143   20-27   .741  25-45    70  2.7  33-0   10  11   6  13   92/3.5  
2008-09   32-32   918/28.7  133-238  .559    2-8    .250   69-93   .742 124-191  315  9.8  99-8   38  54  27  62  337/10.5 
2009-10   30-30   921/30.7  150-268  .560    4-16   .250   77-111  .694 110-171  281  9.4 100-7   48  49  22  81  381/12.7 
2010-11   31-31  1049/33.8  195-351  .556    5-12   .417   87-126  .690 139-204  343 11.1  98-5   58  67  25  77  482/15.5 
TOTAL    119-93  3201/26.9  512-954  .537   15-64   .234  253-357  .709 398-611 1009  8.5 330-20 154 181  80 233 1292/10.9