UA women's basketball player passes away

University of Arizona women's basketball player Shawntinice Polk died earlier today. She was 22. Polk, a senior from Hanford, Calif., collapsed at McKale Center in mid-morning and was taken to University Medical Center. She had not been working out or practicing this morning or at the time of her collapse.

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

Head coach Joan Bonvicini was out of town but scheduled to return to Tucson at midday to meet with members of the team. Livengood said counselors and other specialists were available to all student-athletes as well.

No further information is available at this time.

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