Notre Dame’s Jackie Young enters WNBA draft

              Baylor guard DiDi Richards (2) goes up for a shot past Notre Dame's Jackie Young (5) during the second half of the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame guard Jackie Young will skip her senior season and enter the WNBA draft.

She announced her decision on Twitter on Monday night, nearly a day after the Irish lost a heartbreaking game to Baylor for the NCAA championship.

“After much consideration I would like to announce that I will be following my heart and living out my childhood dream of playing in the WNBA. I have waited for this day all my life and I can’t wait to continue this journey.”

Young had four points, nine rebounds and six assists Sunday night in the 82-81 loss to Baylor. She was 1-for-8 from the field.

The junior is eligible to go pro because she will turn 22 before the end of the calendar year. She’ll join the other four Irish starters in this year’s draft class. Seniors Arike Ogunbowale, Jessica Shepard, Brianna Turner and Marina Mabrey are all expected to be drafted Wednesday night.

Young had 24 hours after the Irish’s loss to make a decision whether she wanted to go back to school for her senior season or become a pro. Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu faced the same choice after the Ducks lost in the Final Four on Friday night. She decided to return for her senior season.

“I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for providing me with three years of the very best experiences, opportunities and people of a lifetime,” Young said.

“To Coach McGraw and the coaching staff, thank you for believing in me, pushing me and shaping me into the person and player I’ve become.”