After joining the team as a freshman walk-on guard, she earned a scholarship for her final three seasons.
2002-03 SENIOR SEASON
Erin Young earned a starting role as a senior mainly at the forward position... Served as a team co-captain... Played in 30 games and made 20 starts... Averaged 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.5 steals per game... Made only her second career start in the season opener and notched her first-ever block against Northern Arizona (Nov. 15)... Surpassed several career highs in the first weeks of the season by going 4-for-4 (1.000) at the free throw line at Colorado State (Nov. 17) and making four field goals at Colorado (Dec. 21) for a season-high eight points... Against Washington State (Feb. 1), she collected a personal best seven rebounds... In her final home game at USC, she had a career-high five assists, played a career-high 34 minutes and hit a career-best 3-of-3 from the field (1.000) against Oregon State (March 1)... Honored as a 2003 Marks Scholar-Athlete... Awarded the team’s Barbara Williams Academic Award.
2001-02 JUNIOR SEASON:
Young played in 15-of-30 games during the season... Averaged 1.3 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.4 steals per game... Played a season-high 19 minutes against UCLA (Jan. 13)... Collected a season-best six points, in addition to two steals against Arizona State (Jan. 19)... She did not miss a shot against the Sun Devils, going 2-of-2 from three-point range... Added a season-high five rebounds against Washington (Jan. 6).
2000-01 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Young played in 24 games as a sophomore and averaged 0.5 points, 0.5 assists and 0.8 rebounds per game... Grabbed a career-high five rebounds in 15 minutes on the court against Sacramento State (Dec. 9)... Played 13 minutes against Stanford (Feb. 2) and tied a career high, hitting 2-of-2 at the line... Posted a season-best three points against Arizona (Feb. 18)... Honored with the ‘Coaches Award’ for her dedication to the team both on and off the court.
1999-00 FRESHMAN SEASON:
As a walk-on, Young played in 26 of 30 games throughout the season and made one start... Tallied her first field goal of the season with a three-pointer against Sacramento State (Dec. 11)... Topped her previous performances with a career-high nine points and three rebounds, including 2-3 from three-point range in 21 minutes of play against Washington State (Jan. 7)... Shot 100.0 percent in nine minutes on the court with one field goal and 2-of-2 at the line against Cal (Feb. 3)... Made her first collegiate start against Stanford (Feb. 5)... Collected a career-best two steals against Oregon (Feb. 26).
IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Young is a 1999 graduate of Highland Park High in Dallas, Tex... As a prep, she was a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and soccer... She earned basketball all-district honors all three years, including two first-team selections as a junior and senior... Following the 1998-99 season she was also honored as the District Most Valuable Player... She helped lead her team to three area championships and one regional semifinal appearance in 1999... That same year, she posted her best performance at the area championships by accounting for 31 points in the game... On the club level, she competed with the Texas Flight for one year and the Texas Express for two years... In 1998 the Express claimed the U-16 AAU National Championship.
Erin Leigh Young was born on May 26, 1981, in Dallas, Tex. ... The daughter of Charles and Lillie Young, she has one brother, Chris, and one sister, Lindsey... She comes from a long line of collegiate athletes... Her father played baseball at TCU, her brother played basketball and baseball at Princeton, and her uncle played baseball at Penn State... Coming out of high school, Young declined other scholarship offers to come to USC as a walk-on... She is a public policy management and development major.