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Arizona's Shawntinice Polk collapses, dies

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TUCSON, Sep 26, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Arizona women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk died Monday after collapsing at the McKale Center.

She was 22.

The school said Polk had not been working out or practicing at the time of her collapse.

"This is a tragic day for Shawntinice's family and for the University of Arizona," said athletic director Jim Livengood in a statement. "We simply feel for everyone who knew this wonderful young woman."

There was no immediate announcement on the cause of death.

The 6-foot-5 Polk, a senior from Hanford, Calif., was the second-leading scorer for the team last season, averaging 12.7 points per game.

She was named a finalist for the 2005 USA World University Games Team May 22.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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