(born 18 May 1982) is an American
who is a former NCAA basketball
After a stellar high school
basketball career, Armstrong began her collegiate
sports career in 2001, with the Kansas State University
basketball team. She played for Kansas State until the 2002 season. She was a 2002 Academic All-Big 12 selection.
Armstrong transferred to the University of South Florida
in 2003. 2003 was a red shirt season in accordance with NCAA regulations. She was team Co-Captain for the 2004 Season. She claimed to have converted to Islam
soon after her arrival at the Florida
Armstrong created a controversy when she requested to be allowed to play in Islamically appropriate attire. The school initially did not want to allow her to do this, and Armstrong lost her scholarship on the first week of September of that year.
On September 11, the school announced it was going to back off and let Armstrong wear modest athletic attire for their basketball games, and re-instate her scholarship. Armstrong and school officials had met the previous day to discuss her reinstatement. Ahmed Bedler
, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations
, was present at the reunion, and he declared that "An athlete should not be asked to choose between engaging in healthy sporting activities and her deeply held religious beliefs".
Days later, .
Armstrong averaged three points and two rebounds per game for The University of South Florida. Read More