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Austin Peay's Armistead WNBA bound; drafted by San Antonio

April 29, 2003

Austin Peay womens basketball player Brooke Armistead is headed to the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA).

The senior guard was picked in the third round (40th pick overall) by the San Antonio Silver Stars in Fridays three-round draft. She becomes the first Ohio Valley Conference player ever to be selected in the draft.

I am very excited about the opportunity to play at the ultimate level of basketball, Armistead said. Im a little nervous, anxious.
April 29, 2003

Austin Peay women's basketball player Brooke Armistead is headed to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

The senior guard was picked in the third round (40th pick overall) by the San Antonio Silver Stars in Friday's three-round draft. She becomes the first Ohio Valley Conference player ever to be selected in the draft.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to play at the ultimate level of basketball,” Armistead said. “I'm a little nervous, anxious.”

Armistead was hopeful but unsure if her name would be called Friday. When it was, she became the fifth player from a Tennessee school to be drafted this season, following Tennessee's Kara Lawson and Gwen Jackson and Vanderbilt's Chantelle Anderson and Ashley McElhiney.

"I tried not to get my hopes up too high, but everyone kept talking about it all day long,” Armistead said. “I believed I was good enough, but it is hard for people sometimes to see you at a mid-major school.”

Armistead was taking her senior health and human performance exit exam in the Dunn Center when she learned she was drafted.

“(Teammate) Paige (Smith) was the person who told me,” Armistead said. “She just came in (the classroom) and by the way she looked I could tell what had happened. She told the class and they all applauded.”

The first person to call and offer congratulations? Former Lady Govs coach Susie Gardner, now the head coach at Arkansas.

“Paige said Coach Gardner was so happy and proud and wished she could be here. I told her I would see her Monday night at the (athletics) banquet.”

During her four-year career at Austin Peay, Armistead finished with 2,503 points and became the school's all-time leading scorer, male or female, and the OVC's second all-time women's point producer. She received first-team All-OVC recognition in three consecutive seasons after earning OVC “Freshman of the Year” honors in 1999-2000. She capped her career as the OVC's “Player of the Year” after the 2002-2003 season.

Armistead was a member of the Lady Govs most successful class ever, recording 78 wins during her four-year career, bettering the previous mark by 15 wins. She led the Lady Govs to four consecutive OVC tournament championship game appearances, winning the last three consecutively. Twice he was named OVC tourney MVP, including this season.

She scored 30 points against North Carolina in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, her third NCAA tournament game, and played against the Silver Spurs' first-round pick, Coretta Brown.

The upcoming days will be a whirlwind for Armistead as WNBA training camp opens Thursday.

“I know training camp begins next Thursday,” said Armistead. “There's so much I have to do to get ready between now and then. I have to talk to them (San Antonio) and they have to tell me when they expect me at camp. I guess I won't be here for graduation. I'll leave whenever they want me. Coach Gardner said to talk to all my teachers before I left.”

The Silver Stars open the 2003 regular season, Saturday, May 24, against the Seattle Storm. San Antonio will make three appearances on cable television this season.

For those who want to know more, the WNBA Official Web site is http://www.wnba.com. The San Antonio Silver Stars official Web site is http://www.wnba.com/silverstars.