UT basketball star, former WNBA player Tiffany Jackson dies

Jackson, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, died Monday. She was hired as the head coach at Wiley College in April.

AUSTIN, Texas — Tiffany Jackson, a former University of Texas standout who was the No. 5 in the WNBA Drafted in 2007 and played nine years in the league, died of cancer, the school said. she was 37

Jackson, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, died Monday. She was hired as the head coach at Wiley College in April.

Jackson was a three-time All-Big 12 pick and was named 2004 National Freshman of the Year by the US Basketball Writers Association. She finished her Texas career in the top five in career points, rebounds and steals. She is the only Longhorns player to have 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 steals and 150 blocks in her career.

“Tiffany had a great career and was an amazing player,” said former Texas coach Jody Conradt. “She was recognized for her all-around play and the fact that she was extremely mobile and able to play in multiple positions. She was loved by teammates and we share our sadness at her death.”

Jackson was drafted by the New York Liberty of the WNBA. She also played for the Tulsa Shock and the Los Angeles Sparks. Her best pro season came in 2011 with Tulsa, when she averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds.

The Shock organization transitioned to DFW in the summer of 2015 and officially became the Dallas Wings in November 2015.

After learning of Jackson’s death, the Wings expressed their condolences and posted the following statement on their social media pages:

“A Texas legend. A member of our WNBA family. A mother, daughter, teammate, mentor and friend. Her influence will be remembered forever.”

A Texan legend. A member of our WNBA family. A mother, daughter, teammate, mentor and friend. Their impact will be remembered forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson family.

Written by Dallas Wings on Tuesday, October 4, 2022

However, Jackson’s DFW roots go further. She attended Duncanville High School where she was a member of the 2003 Duncanville Girls Basketball State Championship team.

“Tiffany Jackson was a great mother, daughter, friend, teammate and role model to so many,” said DHS basketball coach LaJeanna Howard, who played ISD basketball with Jackson at Duncanville. They were teammates on the championship team.

Jackson also gave back to the Duncanville ISD community, participating in playoff games and tournaments.

“She went into the schools to speak and teach our young girls wisdom that they could take with them throughout their lives,” Howard said. “She will be greatly missed throughout the community.”

After her cancer diagnosis, Jackson managed to return to the court in 2017 for one final season with Los Angeles before retiring at the age of 32. She was an assistant coach at Texas for two seasons.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Tiffany Jackson, one of the greatest players in Texas women’s basketball history,” said Texas coach Vic Schaefer. “I know she’s been so excited to be the head coach at Wiley College next season. She will be greatly missed by so many. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family.”

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson faced the former Longhorn from OU-Texas last year weekend and is hoping to see Jackson again next weekend.

“She lit a room,” Johnson said.

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Laura Coffey

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