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Zakiya Saunders
Player Profile:
Zakiya Saunders 1739905
Position: Guard
Height: 5'9"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Augusta, Ga.
High School: Carthage Central

2015-16:
• Top season for a UAlbany point guard in program history, earning a school record 227 assists, averaging 6.9 for sixth in all of Division I (passed old record of 159)
• America East All-Conference Second Team guard
• First in America East in assists per game, 5th in field goal percentage at 49.7% and steals per game at two and 15th in scoring at 10.8 points per game
• Totaled 355 points, 134 rebounds and 65 steals
• 21 double figure scoring games, seven 10+ assist contests and seven double-doubles
• Finished season ranked fifth in program history in total assists (358) and first in assist average (4.4 per game)
• Started the year with six points, eight assists and nine rebounds in win over Pepperdine (11/15)
• First double-digit assist game with 10 plus seven points at Army West Point (12/5)
• First double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 assists in win at UC Davis (12/18)
• 9-10 shooting for 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in home win vs. Yale (12/30)• Two double-doubles in a row in wins with 14 points and 10 assists vs. Vermont (1/9) and 12 points and 10 assists at UNH (1/13)
• 13 assists day with 10 points in home win over Stony Brook (1/21)
• Double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, adding five steals at Hartford (1/31)
• Set program record 14 assists, adding 12 points vs. UMBC (2/3)
• Shot 8-for-12 from the field for 20 points, five assists and five steals in America East Tournament quarterfinal victory vs. Vermont (3/5)
• Finished with five assists and four rebounds at Syracuse in NCAA Second Round (3/20)

2014-15:
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Explosive sophomore season, playing in all 33 games with 19 starts
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America East rankings: 5th in steals per game (1.9), 5th in assists per game (3.7), 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4), 9th in field goal % (44.3%)
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Ranked in the top-175 in DI in assists per game (158th), steals per game (165th) and assist/turnover ratio (157th)
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Finished with 122 assists, the 8th-highest single season mark in UAlbany history
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Tallied 253 points, 122 assists, 109 rebounds, only UAlbany player with triple digits in all three categories
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14 double digit scoring games, starting with 13 points, off 6-6 shooting, and six assists in Preseason WNIT victory over St. Francis Brooklyn (11/14)
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Three double digit scoring games in a row from December 19-28, including 18 points off 8-10 shooting in win at Cal State Fullerton (12/21)
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Shot 9-13 from the field for 18 points, five rebounds in victory at UMBC (1/22)
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First career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists in Big Purple Growl victory over UMass Lowell (2/7)
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Career-high 20 points and nine field goals, adding five rebounds at Stony Brook (2/22)
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Seven points and team-best eight assists in America East title game victory over Hartford (3/13)

2013-14:
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Played in 16 games as a freshman, earning first start at Stony Brook (1/30)
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Finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, nine steals and nine assists
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Played 24 minutes in the America East title game victory over Stony Brook (3/10), getting three steals and two assists

High School: Four-year letterwinner in basketball and track... second player ever from Carthage High and first since 1998 to earn a scholarship to play basketball in Division I... played at Prince George High freshman and sophomore year, going to Carthage High as a junior and senior... league MVP and First Team All-North honors as a senior, averaging 19.1 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals a game... team captain as a sophomore and senior playing basketball.

Personal: Intends to major in business law... Daughter of Master Sgt. Vincent and Synithia Saunders... Has a sister, Taryn... Nickname is "Z".

Career Highs:
Points: 21 (vs. Yale, Dec. 30, 2015)
Field Goals: 9 (3x, last: vs. Yale, Dec. 30, 2015)
Three-Point Field Goals: 1 (4x, last: @ Maine, Feb. 14, 2016)
Rebounds: 10 (@ Hartford, Jan. 31, 2016)
Assists: 14 (vs. UMBC, Feb. 3, 2016)
Blocks: 2 (vs. Providence, Dec. 1, 2015)
Steals: 6 (vs. Binghamton, Feb. 8, 2016)

CAREER STATISTICS 

Season

GP/GS

Min.

FGM-A

%

3PT-A

%

FT-A

%

RB

Avg

A

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

2013-14

16/1

127

9-26

.346

0-3

.000

2-2

1.000

13

0.8

9

16

0

9

20

1.3

2014-15

33/19

852

108-244

.443

0-2

.000

37-46

.804

109

3.3

122

87

3

63

253

7.7

2015-16

33/32

1205

146-294

.497

4-12

.333

59-74

.797

134

4.1

227

130

7

65

355

10.8

Career

82/52

2184

263-564

.466

4-17

.235

98-122

.803

256

3.1

358

233

10

137

628

7.6

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