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Tiffany Jackson, former WNBA participant and all-American at Texas, dies at 37 – The Washington Publish


Tiffany Jackson, an all-American basketball participant at Texas and the fifth choose within the 2007 WNBA draft, died Monday on the age of 37 from breast most cancers, the school announced.

“We’re deeply saddened to listen to the information of the passing of Tiffany Jackson, one of many biggest gamers within the historical past of Texas girls’s basketball,” Longhorns Coach Vic Schaefer mentioned of Jackson, who was the pinnacle coach at Wiley College, an NAIA faculty in Marshall, Tex. “From her days as a participant for DFW Elite to her days as a participant on the College of Texas, Tiffany has meant a lot to so many individuals on this nice state of Texas.”

Jackson was additionally an all-American in highschool at Duncanville (Tex.) Excessive, whose coach tweeted Monday night time that she “was an incredible mom, daughter, buddy, teammate and position mannequin for therefore many.”

A 3-time all-American enjoying for the Longhorns from 2003 to 2007, Jackson was a member of the 30-5 Texas staff that superior to the 2004 NCAA event’s Candy 16 and was named ESPN’s nationwide freshman of the yr. She is the one participant in Texas girls’s basketball historical past with no less than 1,000 factors, 1,000 rebounds, 300 steals and 150 blocks.

“Tiffany had a fantastic profession and was an influence participant,” mentioned Jody Conradt, the previous Texas girls’s basketball coach who retired after Jackson’s senior season. “She was acknowledged for her all-around recreation and the truth that she was tremendously cell and will play a number of positions. She was beloved by teammates, and we share within the unhappiness of her passing.”

Jackson, a 6-foot-3 ahead, was drafted by the New York Liberty and spent three seasons with the staff earlier than she was traded to the Tulsa Shock in 2010. Her greatest skilled season, when she averaged 12.4 factors and eight.4 rebounds, got here in 2011 with the Shock.

Jackson was discovered to have breast most cancers in 2015, and together with her most cancers in remission she performed yet one more season within the WNBA with Los Angeles in 2017. She retired at 32 and served as an assistant coach for 2 years at Texas.

Jackson had been enjoying in Israel through the WNBA’s offseason when she discovered a small lump in early 2015. She noticed a health care provider when she returned dwelling to Dallas however didn’t have a mammogram, she later advised ESPN, as a result of the WNBA season was about to start. She grew to become involved when she seen it altering. Married on the time, Jackson was the mom of a younger son and had 16 chemotherapy therapies.

“My little boy is 3, and he doesn’t actually perceive what’s occurring,” she told ESPN in 2016. “He simply is aware of that on some days he stays with Granny, after which he’ll ask about what sort of Band-Assist I received from the physician. They provide me completely different ones with Spider-Man or Scooby-Doo on them, and my son loves that. My husband works in East Texas, so he has an extended commute. There’s a lot to handle.”

Jackson used her Stage 3 prognosis to attempt to improve consciousness in regards to the illness.

“You hear ‘breast most cancers’ and also you assume you perceive it,” she advised ESPN. “However you don’t actually perceive it till it hits nearer to you. Or it hits dwelling.

“It was one thing that wasn’t even in my thoughts, actually. So I really feel like simply figuring out there’s a risk will assist folks. I want I’d have recognized extra. I’ve been speaking at faculties and schools about it. Particularly with the African American group. As a result of we aren’t getting early checkups as a lot. So we’re being recognized when it’s Stage 3 or Stage 4, and we’re dying at increased charges. So I’ve been preaching, preaching, preaching that.”


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