Inside the minds of WNBA players

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Silver Stars F Sophia Young

A great deal has always been expected of Sophia Young. And she has yet to disappoint.

After leading Baylor to the 2005 National Championship and being named a first-team AP All-American in 2005-06, Young was selected No. 4 overall by San Antonio in the 2006 WNBA Draft. In her rookie season with the Silver Stars, she averaged 12 points and 7.6 rebounds a game and was named to the league's All-Rookie Team.

Despite her first-year success and offseason the arrival of Ruth Riley in San Antonio, Young is hoping for an increased role in 2007. So what drives this rising star?

Q. What do you use for motivation when you don't feel

The arrival of Ruth Riley in San Antonio should help Sophia Young ward off a sophomore slump in 2007.
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like waking up early, working out or running that extra mile?
A. "The motivation for me is that not many people have this opportunity, so go ahead and take it if you have it."

Q. How and when did you first start playing basketball?
A. "When I came to the States during my sophomore year of high school, my coach got me motivated."

Q. Was there a time when you thought about giving up basketball, maybe because it took up too much time or because you thought you weren't good enough? What was that like and how did you move beyond it?
A. "The fall semester of my sophomore year in college. It was a time of real struggle for me, and I felt like I didn't want to (play basketball) anymore."

Q. What kind of diet do you adhere to?
A. "Healthy snacks. Good meals."

Q. How often do you work out?
A. "I work out a lot on my own. This offseason has been the first time I've really had the free time to do it on my own, since I went straight from (my last year of) college into playing in the WNBA."

Q. What else drives you? And do you have other goals you've set for yourself off the court?
A. "There have been so many people who have helped me get to this point, and my goal is just to help other people, and to be a role model for people and influence them in a positive way. So that drives me to become the best person I can be."