The University of Tennessee’s women’s basketball program lost one of the greatest players in its illustrious history on Saturday.
According to a report by The Tennessean, former Volunteer star Deadra Charles-Furlow passed away on Saturday at the age of 49. Immediate details about her death were not released, though Charles-Furlow was known to have battled cancer in the past, speaking about her experience with the disease here:
Nicknamed ‘Night Train’ because of her size and strength, Charles-Furlow — known during her collegiate career as Daedra Charles — is one of just six Lady Vols to have her number retired.
In her three seasons under the legendary Pat Summitt, Charles-Furlow won two national championships and was named both the Wade Trophy award-winner and the SEC woman athlete of the year in 1991.
She ended her career with 1,495 points and 858 rebounds, earning her a spot in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.