The world of basketball is in mourning. The American TIffany Jackson died last Monday after not overcoming breast cancer. The former Texas player and coach played nine seasons in the WNBA. I was 37 years old.
“Tiffany had a great career and was an impact player,” said Jody Conradt, who coached Jackson with the Texas Longhorns, the college team she grew up with before making the jump to the women’s basketball league. “She was recognized for her versatile game and the fact that she was extremely mobile and could play multiple positions. She was loved by her teammates and we share the sadness of her passing.”
He played nine seasons in the best basketball league in the United States
Jackson appeared in 123 college games (103 starts five) between 2003 and 2007, but his name remains in the record books. She is the only player in Texas basketball history to have 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 steals and 150 blocks. She is fifth in school history with 1,917 career points, fourth with 1,039 career rebounds, third with 313 steals and seventh with 181 blocked shots.
Jackson was selected three times (2005, 2006 and 2007) by the All-American, where college prodigies stand out. Picked number five in the 2007 WNBA Draft, she was selected by the New York Liberty and spent nine seasons in the league. He also played with the Tulsa Shock and Los Angeles Sparks. He averaged 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Jackson was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in September 2015 and after her disease was in remission a few months later, she played professional basketball in Israel before signing with the Sparks in 2017 for her final season. She retired in 2018 and then spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Longhorns.
In April, the Wiley College NAIA program in Texas hired her as their basketball coach. “Coach Jackson became a valued member of the Wildcat family the day she stepped on campus,” said Bruce Peifer, associate vice president of athletics. “She had a huge impact on the lives of our young women. We send our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.” Wiley College plans to honor Jackson at the women’s home opener of the season in November.
The WNBA also expressed “sadness” over Jackson’s death and extended condolences to his family.