BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech redshirt senior women’s basketball player Brittany Cook will not return to the team next year and will instead concentrate on academics. Cook missed the 2008-09 season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee in a Nov. 6 practice. She also missed the 2004-05 season following surgery on her left knee. Virginia Tech completed all of the necessary paperwork and Cook was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
“I have decided to forego my final year of athletic eligibility to concentrate on furthering my education,” said Cook. “I will complete my graduate work in health promotions this spring and I have applied for admission to the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and I will always remember my years playing for Virginia Tech.”
Cook led the ACC in 2007-08 in scoring (17.9) and was a second team All-ACC selection. She set the school record with her 36-point effort at Miami. Cook, who became the 21st member of the Tech 1000-point club during her final season, was named the MVP of the Tulane DoubleTree Classic after recording 28 points in the title game versus Robert Morris. She led the team in scoring and rebounding (6.4) and was second in three-point field goals made (30). She also ranked first on the team in field goal percentage (.502) and was 95-of-124 (.766) from the free throw line.
“Brittany had an exceptional career at Virginia Tech both as a basketball player and as a student,” said Virginia Tech head women’s basketball coach Beth Dunkenberger. “While we will miss her on the court, we know that she takes the same drive and determination with her to medical school. She has already completed every pre-requisite for med school, and with the completion of her master’s degree this spring, she is more than ready to start her professional career. We wish her the best.”
Cook was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women’s Basketball University Division Third team last year. Additionally, she was named to both the ACC Academic Honor Roll and All-ACC Academic Women’s Basketball team.
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