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Newsstand: How former Notre Dame women’s basketball player joined elite company

Tyler Horka09/19/22
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Former Notre Dame point guard Jackie Young converses with Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Notre Dame women’s basketball alumni are used to winning. Jackie Young is a perfect example.

Young won a WNBA championship with the Las Vegas Aces Sunday. With the victory, Young became the second ever former Irish women’s basketball player to win an NCAA national title, an Olympic gold medal and a WNBA title. Ruth Riley is the other to earn all three of those accolades.

Young was a member of the 2018 Notre Dame national championship team. She won her gold medal as a member of Team USA’s 3×3 team in 2020. She averaged 12.4 points per game in the Aces’ nine playoff games. Las Vegas went 7-2 in the postseason. Young started all nine games and had a playoff-high 22 points in Game 3 of the finals. She scored 13 points with eight assists, five rebounds and two steals in the Game 4-clincher.

Young is the sixth former Irish player to win a WNBA championship. She joins Riley, Coquese Washington, Jacqueline Batteast, Devereaux Peters and Jewell Loyd.

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