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Austin Peay to retire Brooke Armistead's jersey

Brooke Armistead, the greatest womens basketball player in Austin Peay history and one of the Ohio Valley Conference all-time greatest, will be the recipient of the greatest honor bestowed on an APSU athlete. Her jersey will be retired during ceremonies surrounding APSUs Feb. 7 games against Samford. The Lady Govs game will begin 5:15 p.m. that day followed by the mens 7:30 p.m. contest.
Brooke Armistead, the greatest women's basketball player in Austin Peay history and one of the Ohio Valley Conference all-time greatest, will be the recipient of the greatest honor bestowed on an APSU athlete. Her jersey will be retired during ceremonies surrounding APSU's Feb. 7 games against Samford. The Lady Govs game will begin 5:15 p.m. that day followed by the men's 7:30 p.m. contest.

Armistead will watch her uniform No. 10 become only the seventh jersey number retired in the University's athletics history. She is the first female athlete to be bestowed with such distinction, joining former football greats John Ogles (#30) and Harold “Red” Roberts (#84) and men's basketball standouts Tom Morgan (#52), Howard Wright (#30), Charles “Bubba” Wells (#13) and Trenton Hassell (#44). A display commemorating Armistead's career will be assembled in the Dunn Center's front lobby.

“Without question, Brooke is greatly deserving of this honor,” APSU athletics director Dave Loos says. “Brooke wasn't chosen for this honor because she is female. But she is the first female honored, and I don't think we could have asked for a more accomplished student-athlete.”

Armistead left Austin Peay as the Lady Govs all-time leading scorer—second all-time in OVC history—while leading the Lady Govs to three straight OVC tourney titles and NCAA tourney appearances. She was named first-team All-OVC for three straight years and earned OVC All-Tournament all four seasons.

As a senior, the Elmwood native averaged an OVC-leading 18.9 ppg to help lead the Lady Govs to a 27-4 record, including an league record 22 straight victories, and an unprecedented 16-0 conference mark. In the process, she was named OVC “Player of the Year” and OVC tournament MVP, the second time she earned the award.

Armistead also was named OVC “Female Athlete of the Year” and earned the Steve Hamilton Award, annually presented to an OVC male or female student-athlete who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator Steve Hamilton.

Armistead finished her career with 2,508 points. She ended as the NCAA's 29th all-time scoring leader and APSU's career leader in scoring, field goals, field goals attempted, free throws, free throws attempted and free-throw percentage. She was named Austin Peay's female Joy Award recipient as the most valuable senior athlete along with Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

A health and human performance graduate last spring, Armistead was presented the Governors Club Academic Achievement Award for owning the highest GPA (3.85) of graduating APSU senior athletes. In addition, she was a three-time OVC Medal of Honor recipient, a four-time member of the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll and three-time honoree as the Lady Govs Scholar-Athlete. Armistead was named 2002-03 second-team Academic All-America after earning Academic All-District three times.

Last spring, she became the first OVC player to be drafted by the WNBA.

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—Brad Kirtley