San Antonio Stars forward Sophia Young-Malcolm will retire from the WNBA following the 2015 season, the team announced on Wednesday morning. Young-Malcolm will be honored by the Stars in a postgame ceremony on Saturday, September 5.
“It’s been 10 amazing years,” said Young-Malcolm. “I’m blessed to be a part of the SS&E organization and to be here for my entire career. I’m so privileged, and I cannot thank the fans, my teammates and my coaches enough for the blessing to be where I am and to play this sport that I love. I’m very happy I get to retire at the place that I started.”
Young-Malcolm was drafted by the Stars in the 2006 WNBA Draft out of Baylor University. In 2008, she led the Stars to their lone WNBA Finals appearance in franchise history where they were swept by the then-Detroit Shock. San Antonio finished the season with a franchise-best record 24-10 record, earning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
“Sophia has had an incredible WNBA career in San Antonio,” said Stars Head Coach and General Manager Dan Hughes. “Her career is a success story of fulfilling dreams, on and off the court. We thank Sophia for what she has meant to the Stars organization and look forward to seeing what life has in store for her after basketball.”
Over her 10-year career, Young-Malcolm has posted 14.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.59 steals in 30.9 minutes over 295 games. Her best season came in 2009 when when she averaged 18.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.33 steals in 33.7 minutes.
On June 30 against the Phoenix Mercury, she became the 24th player in WNBA History to reach the 4,000 point mark and has been named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 2007, 2009 and 2012. In Stars history, she ranks third in total assists, and third in points per game.
“Sophia has been an integral part of the Stars success for the past decade,” said RC Buford, president of sports franchises for Spurs Sports & Entertainment. “We admire her commitment to the organization and applaud her efforts in the San Antonio community. All of us at SS&E thank Sophia for her contributions and wish her the very best in retirement.”
Young-Malcolm is currently averaging 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.19 steals in 27.5 minutes in 28 games in the 2015 season.
The Stars are currently 7-21 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they face the Seattle Storm at 8 p.m. inside KeyArena.