TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona will retire the jersey of the late
Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk in a ceremony following Saturday's
Pac-10 basketball game here against Stanford.
Polk, who wore No. 00, complained that she wasn't feeling well
when she arrived at McKale Center on the morning of Sept. 26, 2005.
She collapsed in front of the team trainer and was taken to
nearby University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
The two-time all-conference center would have been a senior this
A pulmonary blood clot caused the death, according to the Pima
County medical examiner's office.
Polk, 22, is the Wildcats' career leader in blocked shots (222)
and double-doubles (44) and is the program's No. 4 all-time scorer
with 1,467 points.
Polk is the first woman's basketball player to have her jersey
retired at the school.
Arizona men's players who have had their jerseys retired are
Mike Bibby (10), Sean Elliott (32), Jason Gardner (22) and Steve