PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State women’s basketball team added more international flair to its backcourt on Tuesday, April 27, as head coach Kamie Ethridge announced the signing of Australian guard Tayah Burrows.
Burrows comes to the Palouse after playing last season for the Perth Lynx in the National Basketball League, Australia’s top women’s professional basketball league. The highly-touted guard from Perth, Western Australia played for her hometown WNBL team in 2019 and 2020. Burrows was one of the youngest players in the WNBL last season.
The 5-9 guard was named the 2020 Perth Lynx Youth Player of the Year after shooting 36.8 percent from the field and dished out 1.8 assists per game in 16.8 minutes of action for the Lynx. Burrows scored a season-best seven points and collected a season-high three assists on Nov. 26, 2020 against UC Capitals. The guard will have to sit out her first semester in Pullman, as Burrows will become eligible to play for the Cougars at the conclusion of the 2021 fall semester.
“I am thrilled to announce the signing of Tayah Burrows,” said WSU women’s basketball head coach Kamie Ethridge. “Tayah is exactly what we love in our point guards: tough, competitive, smart, feisty, skilled and relentless. Tayah brings an elite-skill-set to our guard game. Her ball handling, ability to score at all three levels and play-making ability will make her an impact player in the Pac-12. She has played at the highest level of Australian basketball and against older professionals. Her level of conditioning, fitness and competitiveness will make her an immediate contributor in our program.”
Burrows spent the past summer playing for the Rockingham Flames in the State Basketball West Coast Classic, a 10-week competition that began in July and pitted some of the elite basketball club programs in Australia against one another. The guard averaged a team-best 19.5 points and 4.6 assists per game, while she shot a blistering 47.7 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from behind the arc in the West Coast Classic. Burrows scored 20-or-more points in five of her team’s 10 games in the WCC, which was highlighted by 27-point, nine-assist, eight-rebound performance on August 22, 2020. Burrows h had five-or-more assists in four West Coast Classic games.
The guard joins Tara Wallack, a 6-2 forward from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, as the second signee for Coach Ethridge and the Washington State women’s basketball team for the 2021-22 season. WSU is coming off a historic 2020-21 campaign that saw the Cougars make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 30 years, while making their first-ever appearance in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Cougars will look to improve on the strides they made last season, as all five starters return for Washington State in the fall.
“Coug Nation, be sure to get your season tickets when they go on sale and help us welcome in Tayah and Tara,” expressed Ethridge. “The 2021-22 WSU women’s basketball team will be must-see entertainment, and with your help, we will make Beasley Coliseum the place to be next winter.”
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