Women's Basketball


3   Sakera Young
Sakera Young


Glassboro, N.J.

High School:




Finished her four years with the Minutemwomen ranking seventh all-time in career assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1), ninth in assists (298), 11th in steals (129) and 44th in scoring (494 points).

As A Senior In 2008-09: Game-By-Game Statistics
Played in all 30 games, starting 22 ... Posted career highs in points (271), rebounds (100), and steals (45) ... Averaged 9.0 points per-game, 3.37 assists per-game, 3.3 rebounds per-game and 1.50 steals per-game ... Led the team in assists, was second in steals and third in scoring ... Led the team in scoring against Duquesne (3/6) in the A-10 tournament with 16 points and grabbed two steals, finishing the season scoring in double figures in nine of the last 11 games ... Totaled 12 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds vs. La Salle (2/28) ... Poured in a career-high 23 points at Saint Joseph's (2/25) to lead all scorers and had a team-best six rebounds ... Shot 8-for-12 from the field against the Hawks and 7-for-9 at the free throw line ... also had one assist and two steals ... Totaled eight points, four assists and three steals vs. Rhode Island (2/22) ... Scored in double figures for a third straight game with 11 points at George Washington (2/18) and had four rebounds, three assists and two steals ... Registered 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting vs. Duquesne (2/14) and added six boards and five assists ... Totaled 14 points vs. Temple (2/11), including 11 in the second half, shooting 4-for-5 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free throw line ... Had three assists, two rebounds and one steal against the Owls, as well .... Logged six points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal at Dayton (2/7) ... Led the team in scoring at Rhode Island (2/3) with 22 points, her first 20-point game of her career, and shot 8-for-11 from the field and 6-for-7 at the free throw line ... Also had three rebounds, four assists and four steals vs. the Rams ... Scored in double figures for a second straight game with 11 points vs. Saint Louis (1/31), playing in her 100th career game ... Also grabbed five boards and had three assists against the Billikens ... Led the team in scoring at Richmond (1/24) with 16 points, aided by 7-for-9 shooting from the field ... Also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Spiders ... Recorded seven points, three rebounds and three assists vs. Xavier (1/21) ... Scored nine points, grabbed two rebounds and had two steals at St. Bonaventure (1/17) ... Had three assists, two steals, three points and two rebounds vs. Charlotte (1/14) ... Totaled nine points, aided by 5-for-6 shooting at the free throw line and registered four rebounds at Fordham (1/10) ... Shot 4-for-8 and finished with 10 points vs. NJIT (1/7), including scoring eight of the team's first 10 points over the contest ... Also grabbed six rebounds against the Highlanders ... Had eight points and six assists against Boston University (1/2). ... Set a new career high with 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field and a 5-for-5 clip at the free throw line vs. Seton Hall (12/29) along with five assists ... Contributed eight assists and three steals vs. Northeastern (12/20) ... Grabbed a season-best seven rebounds Delaware (12/10) and added six points, four steals and three assists in 33 minutes on the floor ... Made first start of the season at Brown (12/7) and posted a career-high 11 assists along with seven points and four rebounds ... Had six points on 3-for-4 shooting with two rebounds against Providence (12/3) ... Tied her career high with 10 points against Minnesota (11/29) with the help of 6-for-6 shooting at the free throw line ... Also led the squad in rebounding against the Gophers with six and had five assists ... Had four rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes at Colorado (11/28) ... Dished a team-high seven assists along with five rebounds and two steals against New Hampshire (11/19) ... Hit the game-winning free throw with :02 remaining in win over Manhattan (11/16) and scored in double figures for the first time in her career with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting ... Totaled nine points at Vermont (11/14) and also added four assists.

As A Junior In 2007-08: Game-By-Game Statistics
Ended the season averaging 4.3 ppg and 3.0 rpg...Led the team with 108 assists and 39 steals on the season...Had 5 rebounds and 4 assists against Dayton in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament (3/7).. Had seven points, five rebounds, and three steals at Temple (3/1)... Set career-highs in rebounds (12) and minutes (37), while tying her career mark with nine points at Duquesne (2/20)... Had five each in assists and rebounds to go along with four points in a career-high 35 minutes at Saint Louis (2/18)... Had a game-high seven assists and added three steals vs. George Washington (2/13)... Scored seven points and had three assists and three steals at Rhode Island (2/9)... Dished out seven assists and scored eight points on 3-for-3 shooting at La Salle (2/6)... Had a game high six assists in 16 minutes of action vs. Fordham (1/30)... Had four each of points, rebounds, assists, and steals vs. Yale (1/22)... Handed out six assists in 18 minutes of play vs. Richmond (1/20)... Tallied five points, five rebounds and six assists vs. Rhode Island (1/12)... Had five assists and six points in 16 minutes vs. Longwood (1/3)... Scored eight points with six rebounds and two assists against Villanova (12/11)... Scored a season high nine points and brought down three rebounds against St. John's (12/4)... Scored seven points to go along with six rebounds against Hartford (12/1)... Had eight assists in 32 minutes versus Jacksonville (11/23)... Scored two points, tallied four rebounds and four assists at Northeastern (11/17)... Grabbed two rebounds, four assists, and stole the ball twice against Boston College (11/14)... Against Vermont (11/9) scored six points and was 4-4 at the free throw line.

As A Sophomore In 2006-07: Game-By-Game Statistics
In the last game of the season against Saint Bonaventure in the A10 Tournament (3/2) Tallied 8 points with 5 dishes and 2 rebounds ... Pulled down six rebounds and had two steals at Fordham (2/25) ... Dished out four assists to go along with four rebounds and two steals at Dayton (2/22) ... Scored a season-high seven points, while grabbing two rebounds and dishing out five assists versus Charlotte (1/28) ... Grabbed two rebounds and dished out six assists against Saint Louis (1/26) ... Against La Salle (1/22) scored four points ... Tallied five points, dishing out three assists and rebounding four against Temple (1/18) ... At Holy Cross (1/3) scored four points and had two steals ... Went a perfect 2-2 at the free throw line against Eastern Michigan (12/13) ... At Buffalo (12/10), tallied four points, one rebound, one assist and a steal ... Scored two points and made one steal at Hartford (12/6) ... Grabbed one rebound and dished out a career-high four assists while making three steals versus Northeastern (12/2) ... Scored two points, pulled down three rebounds, and made two assists against Wagner (11/30) ... At the Best Western Roundball Classic (11/25-26), tallied seven points, four rebounds, eight assists and two steals ... Scored eight points, made one assist, and pulled out five rebounds at the Aeropostale Seton Hall Classic (11/17-18) ... Made two assists and pulled down one rebound against New Hampshire (11/14) ... In her second career start at point guard, tallied three points, two rebounds, two steals and three assists.

As A Freshman In 2005-06: Game-By-Game Statistics
Grabbed one rebound in one minute against Duquesne (3/3) ... Grabbed three rebounds vs. La Salle (2/26) ... Had two assists and a steal vs. St. Bonaventure (2/19) ... Played four minutes at Xavier (2/17) ... Had two points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal at Temple (1/29) ... Grabbed one rebound at La Salle (Jan. 27) ... Had two points at Charlotte (Jan. 15) ... Pulled down five rebounds as well as one point, one assist and one steal vs. URI (1/13) ... Had two points and a steal vs. Dayton (1/4) ... Had a steal vs. Brown (12/30) ... Had one rebound at Syracuse (12/10) ... Had two rebounds, two assists and a steal at Boston College (12/8) ... Started first career game at UNH (12/4) and had eight points, two assists and two steals ... Dished out two assists and grabbed three rebounds as well as recording one block, and a steal in 16 minutes vs. Hofstra (12/1) ... Had three assists and a rebound in 15 minutes against Siena (11/29) ... Pulled down a rebound in six minutes against Hartford (11/26) ... Had three assists and a steal in three minutes at Eastern Michigan (11/22) ... Had a rebound and an assist in 11 minutes of her collegiate debut at Delaware (11/18).

Before UMass:
Glassboro's all-time scoring leader with 1,621 points ... Set the record previously held by her high school coach Kalissa Davis during her senior year ... Averaged 16.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 4.6 assists as a senior ... At the time she signed her national letter of intent, Young was ranked as the 108th-best high school senior by the adidas All-Star Report, number 100 by the Blue Star Report and 98th by Nike ... Senior year accolades included Tri-County All-Star and Player of the Year, MVP, All-South Jersey second-team, first-team All-Group 2 and top senior scholar-athlete ... Played in the 27th annual NJSCA North South Basketball Classic as well as the Al Carino South Jersey All-Star Game ... McDonald's All-American nominee ... Also named a Tri-County All-Star as a junior as well as All-South Jersey second-team, Team MVP, Gloucester County Times Player of the Year and first-team All-Group 2 ... Team MVP and Tri-County Classic Division All-Star as a sophomore ... As a freshman, named Newcomer of the Year ... Led team to a 21-4 mark as a senior and a Tri-County Conference Classic Divisional Championship ... Four-year honor roll student and two-year member of the National Honor Society ... As a senior was in the President's Education Awards Program For Outstanding Academic Achievement and named the top Senior Scholar ... Also played field hockey, track and field and junior varsity softball.

Born Sakera Melanie Young on Sept. 9, 1986, in Camden, N.J. ... Daughter of Kelvin Mahan, Sr. and Karen Young ... Sister of Stephen and Kelvin Young-Mahan, Jr. ... A Journalism major.

Career Highs
Points: 23 at Saint Joseph's (2/25/09)
Rebounds: 12 at Duquesne (2/20/08)
Assists: 11 at Brown (12/7/08)
Blocks: 1 (8x); Last vs. Xavier (1/21/09)
Steals: 5 at St. Bonaventure (2/4/07)
Minutes: 37 at Duquesne (2/20/08)

Miscellaneous Stats
Double Figures: 13x; Last vs. Duquesne (3/6/09)
20-Point Games: 2x; Last at Saint Joseph's (2/25/09)
5-Rebounds: 21x; Last at Saint Joseph's (2/25/09)
10-Rebounds: 1; at Duquesne (2/20/08)
5-Assists: 24x; Last vs. La Salle (2/28/09)
10-Assists: 1x; Last at Brown (12/7/08)

Young's Career Statistics

Year GP-GS Min Avg FG-FGA Pct 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk St Pt Avg
2005-06 19-1 163 8.6 5-22 .227 0-2 .000 5-11 .455 3 21 24 1.3 17 23 1 9 15 0.8
2006-07 30-16 561 18.7 26-71 .366 0-1 .000 27-41 .659 11 55 66 2.2 72 58 2 36 79 2.6
2007-08 30-14 632 21.1 46-109 .422 3-7 .429 34-43 .791 16 73 89 3.0 108 81 3 39 129 4.3
2008-09 30-22 748 24.9 99-224 .442 7-28 .250 66-91 .725 16 84 100 3.3 101 107 2 45 271 9.0
Totals 109-53 2104 19.3 176-426 .413 10-38 .263 132-186 .710 46 233 279 2.6 298 269 8 129 494 4.5

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