Northwestern mourns death of women's basketball player Jordan Hankins

Northwestern mourns death of women's basketball player Jordan Hankins

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Northwestern University women’s basketball player Jordan Hankins died Monday on campus.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Hankins was found dead in her room and the school announced in a statement that there was no evidence of foul play. Authorities are investigating the death as they do all deaths on campus, the school said.

Hankins, a 5-foot-8 sophomore from Indianapolis, was 19. She had scored a career-best 16 points in a Big Ten tournament game last sprin. She was averaging 3.6 points across 11 games this season. Her full athletic bio is at

The Wildcats’ scheduled game Wednesday’s at Minnesota has been cancelled while the school and Big Ten work to find a makeup date.

“We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins,” said Nortwhestern alethetics director Jim Phillips in a statement. “Our love and thoughts are with her family, teammates and friends. Jordan made a dramatic impact on our Wildcats community. Our department is solely focused on supporting those who adored her.”

Northwestern women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown also released a statement: “Jordan was a remarkably dynamic young woman. This is a devastating loss for our basketball family. She brought an unwavering intensity and commitment to everything in her life. We will miss her enormously.”

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Northwestern student Jordan Hankins,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in his statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, teammates and the entire Northwestern community during this incredibly difficult time.”



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