Wildcats will retire Polk's No. 00 jersey

Updated: February 15, 2006, 11:08 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Shawntinice Polk
AP Photo/Paul SakumaShawtinice Polk was a driving force behind Arizona's success.

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 season.

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 Kerr (25).

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