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 Sophia Young 33
Sophia Young
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Vincent, The Grenadines

High School:
Evangel Christian Academy

Height:
6-1

Position:
F

Experience:
3L

- Will graduate and receive her teaching credential in May 2006.

2005-06 Honors:
Big 12 10th Anniversary Team (only active player named to the five person squad)
Big 12 Player of the Year
Kodak All-American (second straight year)
AP All-American (first team)
USBWA All-American (second straight year)
All-Tournament team Albuquerque Regional
Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team (third straight year)
Wooden Award Finalist
Wade Trophy Finalist
Naismith Trophy Watch List
All-Big 12 first team (third straight year)
All-Big 12 Defensive team
Bayer Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Big 12 Player of the Week (three-time)
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)

As a senior (2005-06): First-team All-America selection by The Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association of America and Kodak/ WBCA... First two-time Kodak/WBCA All-American in school history and first Baylor basketball player (male or female) to receive first-team AP honors ... Team tri-captain earned 2006 Big 12 Player of the Year honors and her third consecutive first-team All-Big 12 citation in a vote of league coaches ... One of five players named (and only active player) to the Big 12's 10th Anniversary Team announced Feb. 7, she was also selected to the league's 2006 all-defensive team ... Became just the fourth player in NCAA history to post career totals of 2,000 points (Young had 2,480), 1,000 rebounds (1,316), 300 assists (303) and 300 steals (315) -- joining USC's Cheryl Miller, and Tennesse's duo of Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamicha Catchings during the New Mexico win ... Started 120 consecutive games to end career and played in 139 straight games (every game the Lady Bears played since her arrival in Waco) ... One of 20 players named to the 2006 Wooden Award midseason list and one of 30 on mid-year Naismith Award list, she was one of 10 finalists for the 2005-06 Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award - the nation's premier tribute to college seniors, as well as one of 12 Wade Trophy finalists ... The Big 12's all-time leader in points (2,480), rebounds (1,316) and double-doubles (61), Young was the No. 2 active career scorer in NCAA Division I women's basketball and her 130 career double-figure scoring games rank No. 2 on the NCAA's all-time list behind LSU's Seimone Augustus' 132 ... Became the Big 12's career scoring leader in Baylor's conference tourney quarterfinal win over Kansas State with a 35-point, 12-rebound effort in 43 minutes ... Took a career-high 32 shots (14 made) vs. K-State, which equaled the second-highest one-game total in school history ... Had 29 points and 10 rebounds vs. Texas A&M in semifinals, then came back with 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals against Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game to earn her third consecutive Big 12 all-tournament honor ... Had 23 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes vs. Northern Arizona, then came back 21 points, 13 rebounds and three steals in 39 minutes vs. New Mexico ... Posted team-high 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 39 minutes against Maryland to earn a place on the Albuquerque Region All-Tournament team ... Averaged 26.3 points and 11.5 rebounds in last eight starts with five double-doubles ... Ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring (22.3 ppg), No. 25 in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and No. 28 in field goal shooting (.546) ... Big 12's leading scorer both overall (22.3 ppg) and in league play (22.5 ppg) ... For all games, she also ranked No. 2 in Big 12 in defensive rebounds (6.91 drpg) and steals (2.15 spg), No. 3 in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and double-doubles (17), No. 4 in field goal percentage (.546), No. 5 in offensive rebounds (3.06 orpg), No. 11 in minutes played (33.7) and No. 15 in blocked shots (1.00 bpg) ... In league-games only, she was No. 1 in scoring (22.5 ppg) and steals (2.50 spg), T-No. 2 in defensive rebounds (7.13 drpg), No. 3 in rebounding (10.1 rpg), No. 4 in field goal shooting (.553), No. 6 in offensive rebounds (3.00 orpg), No. 7 in minutes played (34.9 mpg), T-No. 10 in blocked shots (1.19 bpg) and No. 14 in free throw percentage (.764) ... Paced Lady Bears in 13 statistical categories and ranked No. 2 in two others ... Scored in double figures in every game as a senior and 79 straight contests (Baylor was 66-13 in her double-digit scoring string) dating to her sophomore campaign ... Had 28 points and a season-high 18 rebounds in 40 minutes at Texas in regular-season finale ... Earned third Big 12 Player of the Week honor Feb. 27 for her efforts vs. Colorado and at Kansas State ... Recorded a 33-point, 13-rebound outing in 39 minutes at Kansas State ... Her effort at K-State included a 13-of-14 performance at the free throw line, as she matched the fourth-highest single-game mark in school history with her career-best total ... Had 20 points, four steals, two assists and a season-low two rebounds vs. Colorado on Senior Night ... Recorded a 22-point, 11-rebound, 40-minute performance vs. Texas Tech ... Also had a season-high tying four assists, three steals and two blocks against the Lady Raiders ... 16 points, six rebounds and a season-best tying four assists at Texas A&M in 37 minutes ... Recorded her Big 12 record 55th career double-double at Oklahoma with a career-high 36-points, 14 rebounds, and five steals while playing all 45 minutes of the overtime thriller ... Her 36-point outburst, which matched most points scored by a Big 12 player in 2005-06, equaled the school's 10th-best effort since 1981-82 and were the most since Danielle Crockrom's 36-point outing vs. Missouri, Feb. 17, 2001 ... Earned season's second Big 12 Player of the Week citation Feb. 13 after averaging 27.0 points,10.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals in games vs. Nebraska and at OU ... Had 18 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Nebraska ... 27 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes at Oklahoma State ... Totaled 17 points, four rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes at LSU before fouling out for first time since her sophomore season ... Had 17 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes vs. Kansas ... Team-high tying 17 points, 11 rebounds with four assists and two steals in a then-season-best tying 40 minutes of duty at Iowa State ... Registered 18 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 39 minutes vs. Oklahoma ... Totaled 28 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals in 37 minutes against Texas A&M ... Had 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in 31 minutes at Texas Tech despite being slowed by foul trouble ... Tallied season-low 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes vs. Oklahoma State ... Had 25 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes against Texas ... Registered a then-career-high 31 points to go with 11 rebounds in a then-season-high tying 40 minutes at Missouri ... Named Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 21) after averaging 25.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Baylor's season-opening wins over Georgia, UCLA and Indiana ... Netted then-career-high tying 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Georgia in season-opener to post the first of her team-leading 17 double-doubles on year ... Ranks among Big 12's all-time leaders in double-doubles (No. 1, 61), rebounding (No. 1, 1,316), rebound average (No. 1, 9.5 rpg), scoring (No. 1, 2,480), field goals made (No. 1, 1,034), field goal attempts (No. 2, 1,893), games played (No. 2, 139), steals (No. 4, 315), scoring average (T-No. 7, 17.8 ppg), field goal percentage (No. 8, .546), blocked shots (No. 8, 131), free throws attempted (No. 8, 631), games started (T-No. 9, 126) and free throws made (No. 11, 412) ... Surpassed the career 1,000-rebound mark with her 14-board effort against Georgia and topped the career 2,000-point plateau during the first half of the Texas game ... No. 1 on Baylor's all-time field goal percentage (.546), double-doubles (61), games started (126), field goals made (1,034) and attempted (1,893) lists, No. 2 in points (2,480), rebounds (1,316), free throws made (412) and attempted (631), steals (315) and games played (139), No. 3 in blocks (131), T-No. 3 in rebounding average (9.5 rpg), No. 6 in scoring average (17.8 ppg), No. 9 in assists (303) ... Scored in double figures in 130 of 139 career games with 50 performances of 20 or more points and six 30-plus outings ... Baylor was 41-9 all-time when she scored 20 or more points, including 18-3 in her senior season ... Also had 62 career double-digit rebound games to her credit, including 17 in 2005-06 ... Grabbed six or more rebounds in 30 of 33 starts as a senior ... Played 30 or more minutes 23 times on year with six complete-game performances ... She collected two or more assists 22 times on the year and dropped at least one dime in 32 of 33 starts ... Led 2005-06 team in scoring 29 times and paced it in rebounding 22 times ... In 10 games vs. 2005-06 ranked (AP) opponents, she averaged 23.3 points and 10.3 rebounds with five double-doubles ... Produced 22 double-doubles in 43 career games against ranked (AP) teams ... Tallied 736 points on season, 75 more than she recorded in 36 games a year ago and the sixth-best single-season effort in school history, while her 329 rebounds ranked as the eighth-best one-season total in Baylor history ... Named to fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 4.00 grade-point average, she is slated to receive her education degree in May 2006.

2004-05 Honors:
Kodak/WBCA All-American
U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American
Associated Press All-American (second team)
2005 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player
2005 Tempe Regional Most Outstanding Player
MVP Big 12 Tournament
All-Big 12
Wooden Award Finalist
Naismith Trophy List
Wade Trophy List

As a junior (2004-05): Baylor team co-captain Sophia Young earned 2004-05 first-team All-America honors from both Kodak/WBCA and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America ... The first player in school history so honored by the writers' organization, she was its third Kodak honoree ... Second-team All-America recognition from The Associated Press ... Earned first-team All-District honors from Kodak/WBCA ... A two-time first-team All-Big 12 performer, she averaged 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over Baylor's 2005 NCAA title run ... Shot 51.9 percent (54-for-104) from the floor and 78.9 percent (30-of-38) at the line in BU's six NCAA Tournament wins ... Had 21 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes vs. Illinois State in opening-round of NCAA Tournament, then registered 25 points, eight rebounds and a season-high tying five steals against Oregon ... Recorded game-high 26 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes of Sweet 16 victory over Minnesota ... Garnered Tempe Region MOP honors after a 19-point, 11-rebound, six-assist, four-steal 39-minute effort vs. North Carolina in title game ... 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and no turnovers in 40 minutes vs. LSU in NCAA semifinals ... Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists against Michigan State in the championship game ... In BU's eight 2005 postseason wins (six NCAA, three Big 12), she averaged 21.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 52.1 percent from the floor and 77.2 percent at the foul line ... Led Baylor to 2005 Big 12 Tournament title and was named the event's Most Valuable Player after averaging 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists over three contests ... 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 37 minutes against Kansas State in Big 12 title game ... 18 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high tying eight assists in 40 minutes vs. Texas Tech in Big 12 semifinal followed 18-point, nine-rebound game vs. Missouri in quarterfinals ... Had 17 double-doubles on year (which equaled the fourth-best one-year total in school history) and scored in double-digits in every game (and a career-best 46 straight contests dating to 2003-04) ... Her 14, 20-point efforts include season-high 29 points and 14 boards in career-best 49 minutes at Nebraska ... Led squad in rebounding 21 times, scoring 21 times and both categories on 16 occasions ... Drained game-winning jumper in Baylor's 73-72 win at Oklahoma, Feb. 9 ... Among Baylor's all-time leaders in field goal percentage (No. 1, .546), double-doubles (No. 2, 44), steals (No. 2, 244), field goals made (No. 2, 733), rebound average (No. 4, 9.3 rpg), rebounds (No. 5, 987), points (No. 5, 1,744), field goal attempts (No. 6, 1,342), blocks (No. 7, 98) and scoring average (No. 9, 16.5 ppg) ... The only Lady Bear to start every 2004-05 game, her string of 87 straight starts is squad's longest active streak ... Averaged team-highs of 18.4 ppg and 9.3 rpg; but posted Big 12 marks of 18.4 ppg and 9.8 rpg ... Shared Big 12 lead in double-doubles at 17 with Kansas State's Kendra Wecker, ranked No. 2 in offensive rebounds (3.50 orpg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg), No. 3 in field goal percentage (.526), No. 3 in scoring (18.4 ppg), No. 6 in defensive rebounds (5.78 drpg), No. 9 in steals (1.94 spg), No. 14 in assists (2.86 apg) and minutes played (32.5), No. 15 in free throw percentage (.705) ... Three-time 2004-05 Big 12 Player of the Week pick ... A 70.5 percent foul shooter for the year, she hit 79.3 percent (69-of-87) at the line over the last 15 games, including 30-for-38 (78.9 percent) in six NCAA Tournament contests ... No. 2 on team with 103 assists, she collected two or more 26 times and averaged 4.0 apg in her last 14 outings while recording a career-high eight assists twice ... Over Baylor's school reord 20-game win streak, she averaged 19.4 points while shooting 55.0 percent (155-of-282) from the floor ... Grabbed five or more rebounds in 32 of 36 starts with 17 double-digit outings and a season-high of 15 caroms against Texas in Waco ... 26 playing stints of 30 or more minutes with four complete game performances on year ... In 13 games against ranked (AP) teams, she averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while producing nine double-doubles ... One of seven Lady Bears to attain a GPA of 3.0 or better for fall semester, she was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... With 661 points on the year, she cracked the school's single-season top 10, finished at No. 8, while her 334 rebounds rank as BU's seventh-best one-year total.

As a sophomore (2003-04): Led the team in scoring (16.7), rebounding (8.6), steals (87) and field goal percentage (.555) ... Ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 in rebounding and steals, No. 4 in field goal percentage and No. 6 in scoring ... Scored a career-high 30 points against No. 2 Texas in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament ... Shared team MVP honors with teammate Steffanie Blackmon for the second straight year ... Also earned the team's Rebounding Award ... Recorded her first double-double of the season and 18th of her career against Nicholls State has added nine more this season for a total of 10 ... Led the team in scoring and rebounding in 21 and in scoring 15 games ... Scored in double figures in 61 games in her career and hauled down double figure rebounds in 27 games ... Has scored 20 points or more in nine games this season (Washington State, Eastern Kentucky, NC State, Texas Tech (2), Kansas, Texas, Loyola Marymount, Florida) and 14 times in her career ... Named to the all-tournament team at Rice Invitational and was MVP of the San Juan Shootout ... Dished out a career-high five assists against Eastern Michigan ... Turned in a double-double against Texas A&M in the second half with 10 points and 11 rebounds ... Reached 500 rebounds in just 53 games, now has 653 ... Named Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 19) ...Named first-team All-Big 12 ... Reached 1,000 points in 67 games, now has 1,083 ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Big 12 Tournament.

As a freshman (2002-03): Experienced the most successful freshman season ever by a Baylor player ... Shared team MVP honors with Steffanie Blackmon ... Set a new Baylor and Big 12 record for most rebounds in a game with 25 against Auburn in the championship game of the WNIT ... That total ranked fourth-best nationally ... Became the first freshman in the history of the Big 12 and former Southwest and Big Eight Conferences to lead the league in rebounding ... Was the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double (14.2 points, 10.0 rebounds) ... Among all Big 12 players, Young ranked No. 1 in rebounding, No. 4 in steals, No. 13 in blocked shots and No. 14 in scoring ... Among Big 12 freshmen she ranked No. 1 in scoring, rebounding and steals, was No. 2 in blocked shots and No. 4 in field goal percentage ... Although bypassed by the coaches, Young was the media's choice for league freshman of the year honors ... Named honorable mention All-Big 12 ... Named second-team Freshman All-American by WomensCollegeHoops.com ... Earned league Rookie of the Week honors three times (Dec. 30, Feb. 17, March 7) ... Named to the all-tournament team at the GranTree Classic, Women's Sports Foundation Tournament and the WNIT ... Played in every game and started in 22 ... Averaged 14.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.49 steals, 1.23 blocks and 27.8 minutes a game ... Had 28 games where she scored in double figures, 17 with double figure rebounds and 17 double-doubles ... Scored a career high 26 points twice (Texas Tech, Texas A&M) ... Was an impressive 11-of1-13 from the floor (.846) against Missouri ... Registered seven steals twice (North Texas, Oklahoma State).

Before Baylor: Enrolled in Baylor after a standout three-year career at Evangel Academy in Shreveport, La. ... Was an exchange student at Evangel Academy, originally hails from St. Vincent, The Grenadines, West Indies ... Averaged 26 points and 15.3 rebounds a game as a senior for the Eagles ... Played for Dave Wilkins and Amanda Wilson ... Set a school record when she scored 48 points against Rustin High School ... Named all-state and District 1-5A MVP ... Also earned all-city honors ... Played in the Louisiana All-Star game ... Named MVP of Junior National tryouts ... Earned the school's Distinguished Athlete Award ... Excelled in the classroom as well ... Was a member of the school's Honor Society and Student Council ...Also earned Outstanding Academic Achievement Award and Top Eagle Award ... Volunteered for the Winter Circle Kids Camp.

Personal: Full name is Sophia Yvonne Young ... Nickname is "So-So" ... Daughter of Denniston Young of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Annie Christopher of St. Vincent, The Grenadines, West Indies ... Born Dec. 15, 1983 in St. Vincent, The Grenadines, West Indies ... Majoring in education ... Would like to play in the WNBA and coach at the high school level ... Selected Baylor over Nicholls State, Centenary, Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas-Monticello ... Chose Baylor because of its Christian environment and the basketball program is getting off to a good start ... Felt that this is where God wanted her to be ... Enjoys reading postcards and hanging out with friends in her spare time.

Young's Career Stats

TOTAL3-PTSREBOUNDS
YearGPGSMinAvgFGFGAPct3FGFGAPctFTFTAPctOffDefTotAvgPFFOATOBlkStlPtsAvg
2002-03352297427.8218387.56300.00061113.54014220935110.08845563438749714.2
2003-0435 35100328.7249449.55501.00088145.6071201823028.610327577298758616.
2004-0536 36117532.6266506.52600.000129183.7051262083349.371010378267066118.4
TOTALS10693315229.77331342.54601.000278441.6303885999879.3262623321898244174416.5
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