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April 19, 2002

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%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio-Tomeka Brown, a guard for the Ohio State women’s basketball team the last four years, had difficultly speaking after learning she was drafted in the fourth round Friday by the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle.%^$

%^$”I am speechless right now,” Brown said. “I feel blessed. Everyone does not get this opportunity and it has been given to me.”%^$

%^$Brown, a native of Columbus, Ohio, was the 55th overall pick in the four-round draft. She will begin workouts with the Miracle April 29.%^$

%^$She said friends already playing for Orlando would make the transition from the college game to the professional ranks easier.%^$

%^$”I have a lot of friends who are with Orlando,” Brown said. “I feel like I have a connection there. You can be in these situations by yourself or have someone there to support you. These are people I have looked up to my whole life.”%^$

%^$Adrienne Johnson, a 1996 graduate of Ohio State, and Shannon Johnson, a former player for the Columbus Quest, both are members of the Miracle.%^$

%^$Brown finished her Ohio State playing career with 114 games played and 76 starts. She averaged 7.2 points and 3.0 rebounds. As a senior, in which she missed five games with a sprained MCL in her left knee, she averaged 9.8 points and connected on 47 percent of her field goals (80-171) and 75 percent of her foul shots (64-85).%^$

%^$The Big Ten media named her to the 2002 honorable mention All-Big Ten team.%^$

%^$She is 11th all-time at Ohio State in career steals with 154 and is 20th in career assists with 205.%^$

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Ohio State Statistics:%^$Season G GS FGM FGA Pct. FTM FTA Pct. Reb. Ast. Pts. RPG APG PPG %^$1998-99 29 0 45 107 .421 35 65 .538 51 15 128 1.8 0.5 4.4%^$1999-00 28 23 73 171 .427 37 62 .597 93 44 187 3.3 1.6 6.7%^$2000-01 33 33 96 233 .412 81 122 .664 121 85 274 3.7 2.6 8.3%^$2001-02 24 20 80 171 .468 64 85 .753 82 61 236 3.4 2.5 9.8%^$Totals 114 76 294 682 .431 217 334 .650 347 205 825 3.0 1.8 7.2%^$