April 16, 2012

VCU’S HURT SELECTED BY INDIANA IN THIRD ROUND OF 2012 WNBA DRAFT

RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Women's Basketball program has been a breeding ground for professional talent in recent years.  On Monday, senior forward Courtney Hurt continued that trend becoming the third Ram in the last five seasons to hear her named called in the WNBA Draft as she was chosen by Indiana in the third round.

VCU, which has had a WNBA draft pick in three of the previous five seasons, ranks second all-time in Colonial Athletic Association history with the selections of Krystal Vaughn (2008), Quanitra Hollingsworth (2009) and Hurt.  The Rams are also one of two non-BCS programs in the nation to have at least three draft picks since 2008.

Hurt, VCU's all-time leading scorer with 2,092 points, turned in perhaps the greatest career in program history, finishing as the Ram's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding (1,243), double-doubles (58), games played (131), field goals (770), free throws (503) and minutes played (3,694).  Even more impressive, her career scoring, rebounding and double-double totals are the most by any VCU men's or women's player in school history.

After averaging a modest 9.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during her first two seasons (just 20 starts in 66 outings), Hurt burst onto the national scene averaging 22.7 ppg and 12.8 rpg during her final two seasons at VCU.  She led the NCAA in rebounding during both her junior and senior campaigns, while finishing second in the nation in scoring in 2010-11 (23.2 ppg) and ninth in 2011-12 (22.3 ppg).  Hurt also led the country with 25 double-doubles as a junior before tallying 23 during her senior season, which was second-most in the NCAA.  She was the only player in the nation to rank the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding in 2011-12.

The Conyers, Ga. native helped lead VCU to one of its best four-year stints in program history, including postseason appearances each season and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2008-09. During her career, the Rams averaged 22 wins per year and reached the third round of the Postseason WNIT on two occasions.


A SNAPSHOT OF HURT'S CAREER AT VCU

  • Two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honoree (2011, 2012)
  • Two-time First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association member (2011, 2012)
  • Finished four-year career as the program's all-time leader in scoring (2,092 points), rebounding (1,243), double-doubles (58), games played (131), field goals (770), free throws (503) and minutes played (3,694)
  • Her career scoring, rebounding and double-double totals are the most by any VCU men's or women's player in school history
  • Passed Eric Maynor, current member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, on VCU's all-time scoring list in February (1,953 points), which includes both men's and women's programs… Became just the sixth player in conference history to score 2,000 career points, while also becoming the second player in program history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds
  • Holds the program's single season records in scoring (757 points), scoring average (23.2 ppg) rebounding (447), rebounding average (13.1 rpg), field goals (287), free throws (193), double-doubles (25) and minutes played (1,194)
  • Led the NCAA in rebounding during both her junior (12.4 rpg) and senior (13.1 rpg) campaign
  • Finished second in the nation in scoring in 2010-11 (23.2 ppg), while ranking ninth in 2011-12 (22.3 ppg)
  • Led the country in double-doubles in 2010-11 (25) and finished second in 2011-12 (23)
  • Was the only player in the NCAA to rank among the top 10 in both scoring and rebounding in 2011-12
  • Broke VCU women's basketball's 31-year-old single game scoring record with 40 points at UMKC on Nov. 19, 2011
  • Had three 20-point, 20-rebound games in 2011-12 (four in her career)
  • Helped lead VCU to one of its best four-year stints in program history, including postseason appearances each season and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2008-09. During her career, the Rams averaged 22 wins per year and reached the third round of the Postseason WNIT on two occasions.

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