Goodrich makes Wade Trophy watch list
Cherokee Nation citizen Angel Goodrich, with ball, drives past Tennessee Lady Volunteer Glory Johnson earlier this year during the Kansas Lady Jayhawks’ first Sweet 16 appearance since 1998. COURTESY PHOTO
Cherokee Nation citizen Angel Goodrich shoots on Tennessee Lady Volunteer Glory Johnson earlier this year during the Kansas Lady Jayhawks’ Sweet 16 appearance. COURTESY PHOTO
BY KEVIN SCRAPPER
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Aspiring Cherokee athletes have a shining star to emulate in Angel Goodrich, a senior guard for the University of Kansas Lady Jayhawks and preseason candidate for the prestigious State Farm Wade Trophy.
The trophy is presented annually to the best women’s basketball player in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and named after three–time national champion Delta State University coach Lily Margaret Wade.
Goodrich, a Cherokee Nation citizen, is one of 25 athletes on the list, but said awards and records aren’t the only rewards her collegiate basketball experience has provided her.
“You always get these stereotypes about how Natives can’t do or won’t go that far, or they go to college and they drop out,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of young ones come up to me or even parents say ‘I’ve got a little girl who looks up to you,’ or some of them will say that they’ve gotten into sports from watching me play. It’s a great feeling to hear that from parents or little kids.”
Goodrich holds the Kansas and Big 12 record for assists in one season. However, her road to records and accomplishments hasn’t been paved with easy times.
She’s had to overcome adversity in numerous ways and from numerous sources. But she attributes her positive attitude and drive, as well as her family’s influence, as a large part of why she’s been able to succeed.
“All my life, I’ve had people try to shut me down by telling me you’re too short to do this or too short to do that, or you’re not going to make it. With the people around me, with my family and my closest friends, they kept me up,” Goodrich said. “Just having them there and having them push me, it helped me stay positive. There’s going to be people that are going to try to put you down or going to try and do whatever to keep you from going to where you want to be, and you can’t let that happen to you. My parents have taught me to keep fighting, to keep pushing.”
Beyond the social and mental obstacles Goodrich has had to overcome are her physical trials. In 2010, Goodrich suffered her second anterior cruciate ligament tear. The ACL is one of four major ligaments in the knee. Surgery is not always required, but in Goodrich’s case, it was. Goodrich was required to undergo months of physical rehabilitation to restore her full range of motion and strengthening of supporting muscles of the knee. With the experience behind her, Goodrich said the struggle only made her stronger.
“With the ACL stuff, it was an obstacle for me, I got through and I’ve got a story now,” she said. “Since that happened to me, it’s only made me stronger. That’s what’s built my personality.”
Having her name placed on the Wade’s preseason watch list hasn’t escaped Goodrich. She said she recognizes the adversity that she’s overcome and that her achievements speak of her personal fortitude, drive and determination. Goodrich said it’s an honor to be included on the list with other incredible players.
“It means a lot. For me to just be on the watch list is an accomplishment,” she said. “It’s a great honor to be on a list that has the top players in the nation. I’ve worked hard for something like that and it’s came true.”
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ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᎠᎦᎵᏯ ᎤᏓᏅᏓ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏗᏁᎶᎲᏍᎦ ᎤᎭ ᎤᏥᏍᏓᎷᎩᏍᎦ ᏃᏈᏏ ᎤᎵᏌᎳᏓᏩᏗᏒ Angel ᎤᏪᎾᎢ, ᏗᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎦᏔᏙᏅᏙᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ Kansas ᎠᎨᏯ ᏜᏴᎦᎳᏬᏓ ᎠᎴ Ꮟ ᎾᎾᎴᏂᏍᎬ ᎠᎦᏑᏰᏓ ᏃᎴ ᎠᏥᎪᎥ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ Farm Wade Trophy.
ᎾᏍᎩ trophy ᏓᏂᏁᎰ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎵ ᎾᎿ ᏬᏌᏂᏴ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏗᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 ᎠᎴ ᏓᏃᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᏧᏓᏠᏒ ᎢᎬᏱ ᎦᏙᎩ Delta ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎨᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏍᏆᏞᏍᏗ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ Lily Margaret Wade.
ᎤᏪᎾᎢ, ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎾᎿ ᎯᏍᎩᏦᏁ ᎾᏂᎥ ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮎ ᎠᏓᏒᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎦᏅᏗ ᎨᏒ Ꮭ Ꮩ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎢᎦ ᏯᏌᏍᏙ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᎳᏍᎦᎵᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎤᎾᏁᎳᏁᎳ.
“ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎯᎢᎾ ᎢᏳᎾᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏁᎰ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ Ꮭ ᎠᏁᎯᏯ ᏱᏂᎬᎾᏛᏓ ᎠᏁᎵᏍᎦ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎩ, ᏃᎴ ᎦᏚᎳᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏑᎵᎪᎪ,” ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎪ. “ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᎨᎳ ᏗᎾᏛᏍᎦ ᎠᏂᎷᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎪ ‘ᎤᏍᏗ ᎠᎨᏳᏣ ᎠᏇᏥ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎨᏣᏁᎶᏙ,’ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏱᎾᏂᏭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᎾᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᎿᏛᏁᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎨᏣᎦᏙᏍᏛ ᏕᎭᏁᎶᎲᏍᎬᎢ. ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏓᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎬᏆᏛᏛᎲᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ.
ᎤᏪᎾᎢ ᎤᎭ ᏧᏂᎦᏔᏙᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏔᏅ ᏔᎳᏚ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎪᏪᎳ ᎪᏪᎳ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᏓᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᎬ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ, ᎦᏅᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᎾᎥ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ Ꮭ Ꮩ ᎠᎲᏓᏊ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ.
ᏧᏓᏬᎯᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏓᎪᎵᏰᏍᎩ ᎤᎪᏓ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏂᏓᏳᏓᎴᏅ ᏃᏒᎾ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏛᏁᎰ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏓᏅᏙ, ᎾᏍᎩᏍᏊ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎬᏩᎫᏍᏓᎥ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏥᎾᏛᏁᎭ.
“ᎦᎴᏂᏙᎲ, ᏴᏫ ᎠᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᎬᎩᏍᏚᏗ ᎬᎩᏃᎯᏎᎲ Ꮭ ᏰᎵ ᏱᎿᏔ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏣᏛᏁᏗ, ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎡᎵ ᏱᏂᎦᎭᏛᎦ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ, ᎣᏥᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏦᎦᎵᎢ, ᎬᎩᏌᎳᏙ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᏪᎾᎢ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏤᏙᎰ ᎠᎴ ᎬᎩᏌᏙᏯᏍᎪ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒ ᎢᏗᏢ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ. “ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎩᎵᎪᏩᏕᎬ ᎬᎩᏌᏙᏯᏍᎪ, ᎠᎩᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏯᏆᏛᏗᎢ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎠᏁᎮᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎢᏳᎾᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎡᎳᏓ ᏯᎾᏓᏛᏁᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᏮ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᎾᏛ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏍᏙᏗ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᎢᏣᎵᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ. ᏗᎩᎦᏴᎵᎨ ᎬᏇᏲᎾ ᏂᎦᎭᎢᏎᏍᏗ ᎭᏓᏌᏙᏯᏍᎨᏍᏗ.”
ᎤᏗᏗᏢ ᎾᎿ ᏴᏫ ᏧᎾᏓᏟᏐᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏢᏗ ᏂᏚᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎤᏪᎾᎢ ᎠᏎ ᏧᏓᏬᎯᎳᏗᏍᏗ ᎨᏐ ᎤᎪᎵᏰᏍᎦ ᎡᏙᎲᎢ. ᎾᎿ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏍᎪᎯ ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᎤᏪᎾᎢ ᎤᎩᎵᏲᏨ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎤᏲᏤᎸ ᎤᏩᏚᏂ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏅᏍᎨᏂ. ᎾᎿ ACL ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᏓᏍᎪᎵᏴ ᏧᏔᎾ ᏧᏩᏚᏂ ᎾᎿ ᎧᏂᎨᏂ. ᎠᏥᏰᎳᏍᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏪᎾᎢ ᎨᏒ, ᎠᏎ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎤᏪᎾᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏃᏊ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎢᏯᏅᏓ ᎤᏪᏓᏍᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᎾᏓᏕᏲᏗᏐᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎬᏙᏗ ᎤᏝᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏩᏚᏂ ᏚᏪᏙᎸ ᎧᏂᎨᏂ. ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒ, ᎤᏪᎾᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎤᏝᏂᎩᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ACL ᎢᏳᏍᏗ, ᎾᏃ ᎠᏲᎠᏍᏗᏍᎩ, ᎠᎩᎦᏛᎴᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎩᏃᎮᏓ ᎠᎩᎭ ᏃᏊ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. “ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᎬᏩᎵᏍᏔᏅ, ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏩᏟᏂᎬᎦ. ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏆᏟᏂᎬᎾ ᎠᏋᏌ ᎨᏒᎢ.”
ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏙᎬ ᎪᏪᎸ ᎾᎿ Wade ᎢᎬᏱᏊ ᏕᎪᏪᎸ Ꮭ ᏱᏚᏲᏍᎩ ᎤᏪᎾᎢ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎪᎵᎪ ᎤᎪᎵᏰᏍᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏓᏬᎯᎳᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏛᏁᎸ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ, ᎤᏛᎵᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏳᏛᏗᎢ. ᎤᏪᎾᎢ ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎦ ᎬᏇᎳᏛᎢ ᎾᎿ ᏕᎪᏪᎸ ᎠᏂᏐᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ.
“ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎨᏰᎸᎭ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎦᏅ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎪᏪᎸ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ,” ᎤᏛᏅᎢ. ᎬᏆᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎾᎿ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎪᏪᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏩᏍᏛ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏰᏟ. ᎢᎦ ᏍᏓᏯ ᏓᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎳ ᎯᎠ ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ.”