Vologda-Chevakata signs Angel Goodrich

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/16/2013 08:11 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen and WNBA player Angel Goodrich guards a ball handler during a Tulsa Shock practice in Tulsa, Okla. Goodrich signed with Russian women’s basketball club Vologda-Chevakata for the WNBA offseason and was expected to start at point guard. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Nation citizen and WNBA player Angel Goodrich shoots during a Tulsa Shock practice in Tulsa, Okla. Goodrich signed with Russian women’s basketball club Vologda-Chevakata for the WNBA offseason and was expected to start at point guard. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Cherokee Nation citizen and WNBA player Angel Goodrich goes in for a layup during a Tulsa Shock practice in Tulsa, Okla. Goodrich signed with Russian women’s basketball club Vologda-Chevakata for the WNBA offseason and was expected to start at point guard. MARK DREADFULWATER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
VOLOGDA, Russia – Russian women’s basketball club Vologda-Chevakata has inked Cherokee Nation citizen and WNBA player Angel Goodrich of the Tulsa (Okla.) Shock.

Goodrich graduated from the University of Kansas earlier this year and was selected by her home-state Tulsa Shock in the WNBA draft in the third round. With the Shock she ended up being a starter in 16 of her 31 games. She averaged 4.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Goodrich departed for Russia in early October. According to Eurobasket.com, she is expected to start at point guard for the Russian team. Russian League games began Oct. 12 and run until March 11. According to Eurobasket.com, there are 18 games on the schedule.

Earlier this year, the Native American Basketball Invitational organization honored Goodrich with a leadership award named after the late Phil Homeratha, who coached the women’s basketball team at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan.

During her time at Kansas, Goodrich started in 110 games including all 34 her senior year. She ended her collegiate career as the all-time assists leader at the school with 771 assists, breaking the 23 year-old record.

“Angel came out the NABI tournament and she’s inspired a lot of Natives,” GinaMarie Scarpa, NABI co-founder and CEO, said. “She’s a positive role model for the Native American community.”

Scarpa said the NABI is “trying to get college scouts and pro franchises to really see that there is so much talent within our community. The talent is there and to have these girls go up there on a national stage, it really brought so much attention to our athletes.”

With that, Scarpa is hoping to see an increase in Native Americans playing at the next level.

“We have the talent in Indian Country but we need more preparation for our kids so that when they cross over from high school they will know what’s expected,” she said. “Those are some of the issues we’re trying to help solve.”

Also honored with the award were Louisville University players Shoni and Jude Schimmel, who are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

At the high school level, Goodrich attended Sequoyah High School of Tahlequah, Okla., where she led the CN-operated school to three state basketball championships.

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