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Just in time: Young-Malcolm’s role as starter is greater than it seems

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Sophia Young-Malcolm had 21 points in the San Antonio Stars 76-71 win over the Phoenix Mercury on June 5. (Photo by D. Clarke/NBAE)
Sophia Young-Malcolm had 21 points in the San Antonio Stars 76-71 win over the Phoenix Mercury on June 25. (Photo by D. Clarke/NBAE)

Since her first start of the season for the Stars, Sophia Young-Malcolm has positively influenced her team.

Since the June 20th 95-87 loss to the to the Chicago Sky, Young-Malcolm has started every game for the Stars. In the game against the Sky, Young-Malcolm scored 16 points to end as the second leading scorer for the team.

In her second game as a starter this season, Sophia led the Stars to a 76-71 win against the defending champion Phoenix Mercury on June 25 with a game-high 21 points. This was also the first win for the Stars this season.


The Stars have gone 2-3 since Sophia Young-Malcolm was inserted into the starting lineup for the injured Jayne Appel. In four of those five games, she was among the top scorers for her team.

With the season approaching its halfway mark, now is the time to move, and Young-Malcolm has been helping the Stars move.

Even though she isn’t the youngest player on the team, her experience and poise is exactly what this team needs to step out of the last place in the Western Conference and move into playoff position.

Whether or not the Stars will improve their position remains to be seen. However, it is worth a shot to see how things progress under Young-Malcolm’s watchful, veteran eye.

The Stars are currently 2-8 on the season and will return to the court on Wednesday night when they welcome Kristi Toliver and the Los Angeles Sparks to the Freeman Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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