July 17, 2012

Former Ram Courtney Hurt Signs Pro Contract in Israel

RICHMOND, Va. – After turning in perhaps the greatest career in VCU Women's Basketball history, former Ram Courtney Hurt's dream of playing professional basketball has finally come true.  On Tuesday, Hurt inked a deal with Israel's Elizur Netanya, becoming the seventh VCU player in the last six years to ink a professional contract.  

Hurt, who was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round of April's WNBA Draft, finished her four-year VCU career as the program's all-time leader in scoring (2,092), 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.  This year alone, she broke her own single season records in scoring (757), rebounding (430), rebounding average (13.1 rpg) and field goals (276).

For the second year in a row, Hurt led the nation in rebounding with 13.1 boards per game, while ranking ninth in the NCAA in scoring (22.3 ppg) and second in double-doubles (23).  She 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. The Conyers, Ga. native broke the school's 31-year-old single game scoring record with 40 points at UMKC on Nov. 19, 2011.

Hurt received back-to-back Associated Press All-America honors during her final two seasons with the Black & Gold, while also being named Virginia State Player of the Year from both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) as a senior.

Hurt joins former Rams Quanitra Hollingsworth (WNBA, overseas), Krystal Vaughn (WNBA, overseas), D'Andra Moss (overseas), Brittany Pinkny (overseas), Stephanie Merlo (overseas) and Michelle Cosel (overseas) who have signed professional contracts in recent years.

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