2013 Tamera Young Season Recap

In her fifth season with the Sky, forward Tamera Young’s competitive nature helped the Sky to a record-breaking 2013 season. She played in all but one of Chicago’s 34 regular season games. On eight occasions, Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman inserted Young into the starting lineup and each time she delivered. Her effort on the court helped the Sky earn its first playoff berth in franchise history.

The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 18.1 minutes per game for Chatman’s team last season and was a force on the boards. Young averaged 3.8 rebounds per game, and gathered 125 total rebounds for the season. On September 6th in a game against the Indiana Fever, she delivered 8 defensive rebounds, three short of her career high, and finished the game with 10 total rebounds. She finished the season one offensive rebound shy of tying her career high 44 offensive rebounds in a season. Young proved to be the x-factor on the glass.

Chatman describes Young as “a player that does all the little things right.” In addition to being a rebounding threat, Young is the Sky’s best defensive player. With quick feet, the lengthy guard is a makes scoring difficult for visiting opponents. For the season, Young recorded an average of 5.6 points per game, the 6th most for the team. In a game against New York on July 20th, Young turned in a season high 17 points.

As the 8th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Young became the first player from James Madison University to play in the WNBA. Young has her jersey retired at Laney High School, the same school that Chicago Bulls legend, Michael Jordan, attended in Wilmington, North Carolina. Sky Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman has high expectations for the veteran guard who has grown into a Chicago basketball fan favorite.