WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Young able to hit major milestones

Mar. 30—MURRAY, Ky. — Oakwood native Katelyn Young made the most of her final game of the season.

Young was able to break the Murray State all-time scoring record and get the 1,000th rebound in her career last week as the Racers lost 78-67 to Southern Mississippi in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

"I obviously knew I had to get the one basket and I was happy that the team supported me and got all excited after the basket," Young said. "I did not know about the 1,000 rebounds until I was told about it after the game. I thought it was kind a cool to do all of that in one game."

Young had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the game. She ends the season with 2,312 career points — breaking the record of 2,287 set by Sheila Smith and 1,004 rebounds.

The senior forward became the first woman and only the second Murray State basketball player to pull off the feat. The first person to score 2,000 points and get 1,000 rebounds is Popeye Jones, who played from 1988-1992 and had 2,057 points and 1,374 rebounds.

"The only other player that did that is Popeye Jones and with his history here and what he has done after he graduated is just great," Young said. "It is kind of cool that my name is next to his and it is a great honor. Passing the record is great in general and having the opportunity to play in so many games and score so many points is a great honor."

The chance for Young to reach those milestones and for the Racers to play in the postseason was on hold after the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Murray State lost to Missouri State 71-70 in the tournament and Young had 12 points and seven rebounds. The 12 points left her two points short of breaking the record.

"It was tough, but I was proud of my team and we fought back after I fouled out. I was proud of how everyone fought," Young said. "Our coaches did mention to us before the regular season ended that we could have a chance for the postseason, so I did have a little bit of hope to get a postseason game and I was glad we did."

Now with the season over and a undergraduate degree in her hand, Young is working in graduate school and has one year of eligibility remaining. Whether it will be at Murray State or not is the question.

"I will be playing my fifth year, but I am talking to my parents and coaches and we are deciding if we are going to play at Murray or not," Young said.