Tiffany Jackson, a former standout at the University of Texas who was the No. 5 pick in the WNBA draft in 2007 and played nine years in the league, has died of cancer, the school announced. She was 37. Jackson, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, died Monday. She was hired as head coach at Wiley College in April. Jackson graduated from Dallas Lincoln High School. She was a three-time All-Big 12 selection and was voted the national freshman of the year by the U.S Basketball Writers Association in 2004. She finished her Texas career ranked in the top five in career points, rebounds and steals. She is the only Longhorns player to reach 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 steals and 150 blocks in a career.
The USA claimed their fourth consecutive FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup title in Sydney and 11th in total as they defeated China 83-61 in front of a sold out Sydney Superdome. A huge crowd of 15,895 looked on as USA added to their amazing legacy with another top of the podium finish. China competed well in the early stages and had Yueru Li eventually finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds. However, USA put their foot on the gas either side of half-time and led by A’Ja Wilson’s 19 points, plus 17 points from Kelsey Plum and 8 assists from Chelsea Gray, they had too much for their opponents and completed an unbeaten campaign.
Sean Highkin: Dewayne Hankins on the possibility of WNBA expansion to Portland: “We’re here standing by to support whatever that effort may look like.” Says there have been discussions with one of the interested groups.
The forum featured former NBA stars like Congolese-American Dikembe Mutombo, WNBA sensation Chiney Ogwumike who is of Nigerian origin, and current Toronto Raptors power forward Pascal Siakam, a Cameroonian who caught the attention of scouts at a Basketball Without Borders camp in South Africa.