Tulsa Shock selects Goodrich in WNBA draft
4/16/2013 11:31:56 AM
 
In this 2012 photo, Cherokee Nation citizen Angel Goodrich drives past Tennessee Lady Volunteer Glory Johnson during the Kansas Lady Jayhawks’ first Sweet 16 appearance since 1998. On April 15, the Tulsa Shock selected Goodrich as the 29th overall pick in the WNBA draft. COURTESY PHOTO
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In this 2012 photo, Cherokee Nation citizen Angel Goodrich drives past Tennessee Lady Volunteer Glory Johnson during the Kansas Lady Jayhawks’ first Sweet 16 appearance since 1998. On April 15, the Tulsa Shock selected Goodrich as the 29th overall pick in the WNBA draft. COURTESY PHOTO
BY LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON Native Times TULSA, Okla. – Selected 29th overall by the Tulsa Shock on April 15, Cherokee Nation citizen Angel Goodrich became the highest-drafted Native American woman in WNBA history. A graduate of Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Goodrich played collegiately at the University of Kansas and averaged 14 points and almost 7 assists per game this past season, leading the Jayhawks to a second consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearance. “The team that came up big in the third round is the Tulsa Shock,” ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo said on draft night. “They came into tonight without a point guard. They got their starting guard in the first round and then picked up Angel Goodrich from Kansas. That kid has a real shot to make their roster.” With its first round pick, the Shock selected University of Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins, a four-time All-American and two-time Big East Player of the Year. Diggins’ team eliminated Goodrich’s Lady Jayhawks from the 2013 NCAA tournament. Prior to draft, Tahnee Robinson was the only enrolled tribal citizen to be drafted by a WNBA team, with the Phoenix Mercury selecting her with the 31st pick of the 2011 draft. One other Native woman, Navajo Nation citizen Ryneldi Becenti, played as a free agent with the Mercury in 1997. “Angel was the best available player at the time,” Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. “Yes, we took a point guard with our first round pick, but she can’t play all 40 minutes. We will need a back up. “We were surprised that a player of Angel's caliber was still left in the draft at pick 29,” Kloppenburg added. “She is a quality player and will have an opportunity to prove herself in training camp.” Shock President Steve Swetoha said the team had Goodrich rated high on its draft board and was surprised to see her available at 29. “She is a very smart point guard who has played against some good competition in the Big 12,” he said. Goodrich earned First-Team All-Big 12 Conference honors on March 7, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. She was a 2012 Second-Team All-Big 12 selection. The 5-foot-4 guard led the conference with 3.0 steals per game, while ranking second in the league with 6.9 assists per contest. Goodrich is second on the Jayhawks with 14.1 points per game and leads the team in 3-point field goals with 50. This past season, Goodrich became a member of Kansas University’s 1,000-point scoring club and also became the all-time career assist leader in Kansas history. She has 201 assists this season, along with 87 steals. The Shock’s home opener is May 27 against the Washington Mystics. – REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION
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