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Memorial Service Wednesday for Shawntinice Polk
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 29, 2005
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TUCSON, Ariz.--A memorial service for University of Arizona basketball player Shawntinice Polk will be held Wednesday evening in McKale Center on campus.

The public gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Visitors are asked to sit in the east-side seating sections of the arena.

Polk, a senior center whose face and game were a major part of UA women's basketball for the past four years, died Monday morning at the age of 22. She collapsed in McKale and was taken to nearby University Medical Center. UA athletics director Jim Livengood said at a news conference that she had not been practicing or working out at any time Monday.


Funeral services will be held Sunday in her home town of Hanford, Calif.

Polk was named Pac-10 freshman of the year and a freshman All-American in 2003, and won first-team all-league honors each of her first three seasons. She redshirted as a true freshman in 2002. She was a top candidate for the Wooden Award and the Wade Trophy entering the 2005-06 season.

The University of Arizona has begun an endowment for a Shawntinice S. Polk women's basketball scholarship. More information is available by calling (520) 621-9366 or 621-8110.

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