BRISTOL, Conn —
Toni Young became the second player in the history of the Oklahoma State women’s basketball program to be selected in the WNBA Draft on Monday evening, going to the New York Liberty with the No. 7 overall pick at ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.
Former All-American Andrea Riley was the first Cowgirl ever taken in the league’s draft, going No. 8 overall to the Los Angeles Sparks in 2010.
“It is an honor to be drafted by the New York Liberty. It has been a dream of mine to play in the WNBA and I appreciate the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world,” Young said.
“I would not be in this position if not for my brother, Michael, Coach Littell, the staff and my teammates at Oklahoma State as well as Coach Budke and Coach Serna. They always believed in me, never gave up on me and pushed me to achieve my goals.”
Young earned honorable mention All-America honors this past season from both the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association after leading the Cowgirls to their first NCAA Tournament since2010. She was also a unanimous All-Big 12 selection and was named the MVP at this year’s Surf ‘N Slam Classic.
A native of Del City, Okla., Young finished the year as OSU’s leading scorer at 16.0 points per game and rebounder at 10.1 boards per contest. She also tallied a team-high 16 double-doubles.
As a junior, she earned MVP honors while helping OSU to the WNIT title. Following the Cowgirls’ title run, Young joined the school’s track and field squad, earning first-team All-America honors and qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the high jump.
Young completed her career as one of the most productive players in program history. She amassed top-10 totals in points (1,649), rebounds (1,069), steals (159) and double-doubles (37). Young also established new school marks with her 173 blocked shots and games played with 132.