Tamera Young: Finishing Strong
If there is a key ingredient to a successful basketball player, finishing strong would be at the top of the list. Whether it is at the basket, at the end of games or the end of a season, the ability to finish strong separates the wheat from the chaff in the WNBA.
With a new coach and a new system, Tamera’s season started by splitting time with teammate Cathrine Kraayeveld, but her consistent hustle and lockdown defensive skills got her quickly noticed by Head Coach Pokey Chatman as the season progressed.
“I always want to try and bring energy,” Young said after playing Tulsa in July. “I come off the bench doing whatever coach wants me to do. My job is to help the team be successful.”
And help she did, as she played in 33 games starting the final 17 while averaging 7.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
The second half of the season is where she particularly shined however. As the Sky made its push for the postseason, Tamera became the consistent third scoring option to Sylvia Fowles and Epiphany Prince that Chicago had missed the first half of the season as she averaged just under double figures including ten points or more in five straight games from August 7 to August 20. Her ferocious hustle was never more apparent than against Connecticut on August 9 when Young also grabbed a career high 15 rebounds.
“I am like the energizer bunny,” said Young. “I love playing and so when I am out there I try to show that energy by the way I play.”