Northwestern women's basketball player Jordan Hankins found dead

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Hankins, a reserve guard, was found dead in her dorm room Monday. (USA Today)
Hankins, a reserve guard, was found dead in her dorm room Monday. (USA Today)

Jordan Hankins, a sophomore on the Northwestern women’s basketball team, was found dead Monday afternoon in her dorm room on the university’s campus.

Hankins’ death was ruled a suicide the following day by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

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Hankins, a 5-foot-8 guard out of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, was averaging 3.6 points per game and 1.2 rebounds per game off the bench.

“Jordan was a remarkably dynamic young woman,” Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said in a statement. “This is a devastating loss for our basketball family. She brought an unwavering intensity and commitment to everything in her life. We will miss her enormously.”

“We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins,” said athletic director Jim Phillips. “Our love and thoughts are with her family, teammates and friends. Jordan made a dramatic impact on our Wildcats community. Our department is solely focused on supporting those who adored her.”

Northwestern’s game at Minnesota on Wednesday has been canceled, and no makeup date has been announced.

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