Arizona retires Shawntinice Polk's number 00

Updated: February 18, 2006, 9:13 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TUSCON, Ariz. -- Arizona retired the jersey of the late Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk in a ceremony following Saturday's Pac-10 game against Stanford.

"We definitely played with a lot of emotion during the game," Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said after Arizona's 87-76 loss. "We always talk about playing for Polkey, but we didn't say that before the game. We wanted to play for 'us' and we played great."

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. She was 22.

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 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).