• December 6, 2021

Northwestern mourns loss of sophomore Jordan Hankins

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Update: The Cook County Medical Examiner rule Hankins’ death a suicide on Tuesday, Jan. 10. 

Northwestern University women’s basketball player Jordan Hankins was found dead in her room Monday afternoon. The sophomore guard was 19. Hankins hailed from Indianapolis (Lawrence North) and was a pre-med student and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

According to the Daily Northwestern “there was no foul play suspected in Hankins’ death.”

Statement from Northwestern:

Northwestern University was devastated to learn Monday of the death of women’s basketball sophomore student-athlete Jordan Hankins.

Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips:

“We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins. 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.”

Head Women’s Basketball Coach Joe McKeown:

“Jordan was a remarkably dynamic young woman. 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.”

Details for services will be forthcoming.

Wednesday’s game at Minnesota has been canceled. We will work with the Big Ten and the University of Minnesota regarding a makeup date.

Statement from Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany:

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Northwestern student Jordan Hankins. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, teammates and the entire Northwestern community during this incredibly difficult time.”

Statement from Minnesota Head Coach Marlene Stollings:

“Our team was very saddened by the loss of Jordan Hankins. It is with heavy hearts that we sympathize with Jordan’s family and friends and the entire Northwestern community during this difficult time.”

Chicago Tribune: Northwestern offers condolences, resources after women’s basketball player’s suicide

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