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Gonzaga’s Zykera Rice invited to try out with Seattle Storm

UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 5:53 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Zykera Rice  warms up prior to the start of the Bulldogs’ second-round game  of the NCAA Tournament against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on  March 25. Oregon State won 76-70. (Amanda Loman / Associated Press)
Gonzaga’s Zykera Rice warms up prior to the start of the Bulldogs’ second-round game of the NCAA Tournament against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on March 25. Oregon State won 76-70. (Amanda Loman / Associated Press)
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Gonzaga’s Zykera Rice has been invited to participate in the Seattle Storm’s May 5 training camp in Seattle, becoming the ninth player in program history to either be drafted or invited to a WNBA training camp.

Rice started the last 66 games at forward for the Bulldogs, finishing with 111 total appearances. The senior became the 23rd player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points, and with 1,061 career points she ranks 20th all time.

This season, she led the Zags and ranked eighth in the West Coast Conference at 15.0 points per game, and also led the Bulldogs and ranked 15th in the conference in rebounding with 5.8 per game.

Rice also ranks fifth all time in career field-goal percentage at 50.6. This season, she led the Bulldogs in points, rebounds and blocks with 26, and she ranked second in field-goal percentage at 52.3.

“Zykera has developed into an extremely physical and effective player,” Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier said. “Her athleticism and explosiveness are among the nation’s elite, and she has worked hard to develop a complete game. She has been tested versus the best teams in the country, and she has always found a way to score and rebound the ball. She joins a long list of former Zags to compete at the WNBA level, and I am really looking forward to watching her continue her career as a pro.”

The Tacoma native is a two-time All-WCC performer, earning first-team All-WCC for the first time in her career this season. Rice was also tabbed WCC All-Academic honorable mention. She is wrapping up her master’s in organizational leadership after having earned her bachelor’s in international relations a year ago.

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