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*Angel Goodrich was born on this date in 1990. She is a Black, Native American former professional basketball player and Fire Fighter.
Angel Goodrich was born in Glendale, Arizona to Jonathan and Fayth (Goodrich) Lewis. Jonathan is Black; Fayth is Native American (Cherokee). Goodrich herself is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. Goodrich has two siblings, an older brother Zach Goodrich, and a younger sister Nikki Lewis. Lewis played college basketball for the Tabor Blue jays. She is one of many Americans of both races, including, Jimi Hendrix, Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad and Della Reese.
Goodrich attended Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she was the first Division I athletic scholarship recipient in the school's history. During her 4 years at the Cherokee-operated school, she lettered in basketball, softball and track and field, and earned All-State honors as a sprinter. She also led the school's basketball team, the Sequoyah Lady Indians, to three consecutive Class AAA state titles. Goodrich played her college basketball at the University of Kansas. In her freshman year, she tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee, causing her to miss the entire season. The following year she tore the ACL in her right knee after only 15 games.
Despite these setbacks, she still scored over 1,000 career points for KU, and became the Jayhawks' all-time career assists leader. Her assists total of 771 ranks as the third highest in Big 12 Conference history. In her senior year, Goodrich was a finalist for the Naismith Award, Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Nancy Lieberman Award, and the USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. She also earned First Team All-Big 12 honors and was a member of the WBCA All-Region 5 Team. Professionally, Goodrich played for the Tulsa Shock and Seattle Storm in the WNBA. She is currently a member of the Fire Department in Tulsa, Oklahoma.