2010 ACC Women's Basketball Legends: Brooke Wyckoff, Florida State
Feb. 10, 2010
The Atlantic Coast Conference celebrates its sixth annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends during the 2010 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, March 4-7, at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. The honorees will be recognized during the ACC Legends Luncheon, as well as on the court at halftime of the first semifinal game on Saturday, March 6.
The ACC Women's Basketball Legends program honors past players from each of the ACC's 12 schools who have contributed to the league's rich tradition. Included in the class are 12 former student-athletes that represent four decades of ACC Women's Basketball competitors.
TheACC.com will feature three members of the 2010 ACC Legends Class each week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) during the final four weeks of the regular season.
Q&A with Brooke Wyckoff
Q: What was the most memorable game for you while playing at Florida State?
A: The most memorable game would have to be beating Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium my senior year (1997). They were undefeated at home up until that point and were nationally ranked among the top 5.
Q: What has changed the most in ACC women’s basketball since your playing days?
A: In my opinion the level of talent has gotten a lot stronger as it has across the board in women’s basketball all over the world. Also there are several new teams in the conference since I played.
Q: What do you miss most about playing basketball at Florida State?
A: I have so many amazing memories of my time at Florida State both on and off the basketball court. But what I miss most is the close relationships that I built over a four-year time period with coaches, teammates and the staff. They became family and were there with me day in and day out as I grew as a person and basketball player. I couldn't fully appreciate how special a situation it was until after I graduated. And looking back I am so thankful.
Q: You were recently out of the country, where were you and what were you doing?
A: Most recently I traveled to Helsinki, Finland to visit one of my best friends as well as attend the baptism of her infant daughter, who is my first god child.
Q: What does being named an ACC Women’s Basketball Legend mean to you?
A: Being named an ACC legend is a huge honor and I'm very humbled to be a part of this elite group of women who have made huge impacts - both as basketball players and people within their universities and the ACC.
Q: How do you think the ACC prepares student-athletes for life after their playing days?
A: The ACC does a fantastic job of maintaining high standards athletically and academically which prepares student-athletes for life after athletics. I clearly remember from my time at Florida State the emphasis the ACC placed on academic achievement through awards and postgraduate scholarship opportunities. The high level of athletic competition and the opportunity to play on some of the biggest stages in women's college basketball prepares women for playing on the next level.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: After suffering a season ending injury in August, I returned to my hometown of Cincinnati where I am concentrating on rehab and coaching a JV girl’s basketball team at my former high school.
More about Brooke Wyckoff…
Brooke Wyckoff (Florida State, 1997-2001): A native of West Chester, Ohio in the heart of Big Ten country, Brooke Wyckoff left the “Buckeye State” for Tallahassee, where she had an immediate impact on Seminole basketball, most notably on defense. Wyckoff set a school single-season record with 80 blocks in 1997-98 en route to ACC All-Freshman accolades, and finished her career with a school-record 209 rejections. Both marks have since fallen.
Wyckoff went on to garner two selections to the All-ACC third team following her sophomore (1998-99) and junior (1999-2000) seasons, and was tabbed a first-team All-ACC pick as a senior in 2000-01. During her senior season, Wyckoff keyed the Seminoles to a 19-12 overall record and Florida State’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 1991 while earning All-America recognition.
Following her career in Tallahassee, she was a second-round selection of the Orlando Miracle in the 2001 WNBA draft, where she spent two seasons before the team relocated to Connecticut. After two seasons spanning three years with the Connecticut Sun, Wyckoff was picked by the Chicago Sky in the 2006 WBNA expansion draft, where she has played for the past three seasons. Over the course of an eight-year career in the WNBA, Wyckoff has averaged 3.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.