Standout Center Vicky McIntyre, added to her historic senior season on April 16 with the biggest postseason honor a collegiate player can recieve: a chance to play in the WNBA. McIntyre became the first ORU women’s basketball player in the history of the program to have her name called on draft night.
“It’s a surreal experience,” said McIntyre. “It’s been what I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl, so to have it happen…it’s hard to describe.”
The Seattle Storm took McIntyre with the 20th overall selection in the WNBA Draft. She is the third Golden Eagle to sign a WNBA contract after Elisha Turek and Krista Ragan.
“ESPN3 went to a commercial break. When it came back on, my name was on the board,” she said. “I was screaming, ‘What? How did this happen?’”
The selection was a product of one of the best single-season performances in NCAA history.
McIntyre completed her collegiate eligibility with the Golden Eagles after graduating from the University of Florida. She had no idea her career would end with such great production.
“I just really wanted to have fun,” said McIntyre. “I had my own goals, but the main purpose was to have fun and enjoy playing my last year.”
She “had fun” while placing her name in the ORU, Summit League and NCAA record books. She also finished the season by setting the ORU and Summit League single-season records for rebounds with 536. McIntyre led the nation, averaging 15.8 rebounds per game and set the single-game record of 27 boards against Austin Peay on Nov. 29, 2014.
She also proved to be a defensive force while breaking the ORU and Summit League blocks record with 160 swats on the year. Her 27 double-doubles rank 12th all-time in NCAA history.
“We’re immensely proud of the breakout season she had this year to end her collegiate career,” said Head Coach Misti Cussen. “She filled a need for us with her maturity and experience, as we had so many young players on the floor for us this season.”
McIntyre’s selection also made her the first player drafted out of the Summit League this year. The decision by the Storm sent shockwaves throughout the ORU community.
“It’s exciting for the university because it shows how much we care about athletics,” said Athletic Director Mike Carter. “I’m even more excited that Vicky represents ORU in the right way. With her out there, it’s a representation of what ORU stands for.”
After playing this season with the Seattle Storm, McIntyre plans to head to China to put her skills to the test overseas.
“Each [WNBA] season is about four months long,” said McIntyre. “The WNBA and Overseas seasons are at different times of the year to allow players the opportunity to do both.”
Regardless of where she is playing next season she is excited for the opportunity to play the sport she loves professionally.
“It’s an honor to be the first player to be drafted,” said McIntyre. “Hopefully, I’m not the last.”