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Originally published April 15, 2013 at 09:19p.m., updated April 16, 2013 at 12:23a.m.

KU guard Angel Goodrich drafted in third round by Tulsa Shock in WNBA Draft

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich (3) drives past Brooke Hampton (4) during Kansas' game against West Virginia, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich (3) drives past Brooke Hampton (4) during Kansas' game against West Virginia, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Angel Goodrich, the all-time assist leader in Kansas University women’s basketball history, became the sixth KU player to be chosen in the WNBA Draft, when the senior point guard was tabbed as the 29th pick overall by the Tulsa Shock in the third round of the WNBA Draft on Monday night.

Goodrich is from Tahlequah, Okla. Goodrich joins Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins as the two Tulsa draft picks this season. The two point guards faced each other in the regional semifinal on March 31 in Norfolk, Va.

“It was neat to see my name pop up,” Goodrich said. “There was a lot of waiting and some anxiety, but as soon as (my name) came up my heart just started pounding. It’s awesome that I will be so close to home. This is such a blessing, because it’s so close. It’s right there. There will be a lot of people supporting me and cheering me on. This is really a dream come true.”

Goodrich finished her career with 1,262 points and 771 assists, the third-highest total in the Big 12 Conference history.

The 5-foot-4 guard ranked second in the conference in both assists and steals. She averaged 7.2 assists per game, while posting 2.8 steals per contest. Goodrich was second on the Jayhawks’ squad with 14.1 points per game and led the team with 58 three-point field goals.

Goodrich became the first Jayhawk selected in the WNBA Draft since the Connecticut Sun selected Danielle McCray with the seventh pick of the 2010 draft. Other Kansas players drafted into the WNBA include Tamecka Dixon (Los Angeles Sparks, 14th, 1997), Lynn Pride (Portland Fire, seventh, 2000), Charisse Sampson (Seattle Storm, 25th, 2000) and Jaclyn Johnson (Orlando Miracle, 2001).

Lynette Woodard (Cleveland Rockers, Detroit Shock), Angela Aycock (Seattle Storm, Minnesota Lynx, Houston Comets) and Nakia Sanford (Washington Mystics, Phoenix Mercury, Seattle Storm) have suited up in the WNBA despite not being drafted. Sanford just signed with the Storm in February, while McCray is still with the Sun but will miss the 2013 season after suffering an Achilles tendon tear a couple of weeks ago.

Comments

Andy Godwin 6 years ago

Congratulations Angel! All KU fans wish you great success at the next level.

LeBo 6 years ago

Best of luck. Back to Oklahoma! Thanks for the memories. P.S.Great news Tulsa light on Point Guards

MinnesotaJay 6 years ago

Congratulations, Angel! Good luck going forward.

Lonnie Ross Dillon 6 years ago

Good luck..competing with Skylar Diggins for the same position will be tough but hang in there

Ryan Woods 6 years ago

How did Carolyn Davis not get drafted? She was projected around the 14 spot. Certainly her injury wouldn't have dropped her out of the draft.

April13 6 years ago

Congratulations to Angel!

Why would a team draft two point guards? Let's hope that they trade Diggins and let Angel lead the team.

JayHawkFanToo 6 years ago

Best of Luck Angel! You were a major part for the Lady Jayhawks finishing in the top 25 for the second year in a row.

big12ku 6 years ago

Good Luck Angel, best wishes, it was fun watching you play....Will be watching you in the WNBA. Give Skylar a run for the starting position!

KGphoto 6 years ago

Congrats Angel! Right in your own backyard. How cool is that?

Don’t understand what happened with Carolyn Davis. Every projection I saw had her going in the 1st round. I imagine she’ll find her way on a team. Would be great if Tulsa offered her.

Mick Allen 6 years ago

She is immobile, no lateral movement, slow and a total liability defensively. She has 5 to 7 foot range offensively with no post moves. She only scores when Angel or someone else spoon feeds her the ball 5 feet from the rim where she wii score half the time against a 6 foot defender. Check her stats when she is defended by someone her size or bigger. She is not very athletic. Perhaps she is not fully recovered from her ACL surgery. I am not surprised that she wasn't selected.

Philip Nguyen 6 years ago

I came on here to see where Carolyn Davis ended up, but she wasn't even drafted. Wow, that's terrible. I'm sure she'll end up with some team, she's got game. Congrats to Angel, thanks for the great 4-5 years. This girl overcame both ACL injuries and had a great career. Couldn't happen to a better person. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!!

Jack Wilson 6 years ago

Wow, exactly what I was thinking. Great time for Indians.

Jack Jones 6 years ago

Congratulations, Angel ~ great example for all young people, whether involved with sports or some other endeavor ~ of what hard work, dedication and following your dreams and passion can accomplish. Those qualities will continue to lift you as you pursue YOUR DREAM. Skylar Diggins or not ~ you will have a terrific career in the WNBA.

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