Former LSU Basketball Player Danielle Ballard Dead at 29

Former LSU Basketball Player Danielle Ballard Dead at 29

Louisiana State University has been in the news a lot lately, most recently winning the College World Series after the Women’s Basketball Team won the championship earlier this year. But this time around, the school is mourning.

According to LSU, former student-athlete, Danielle Ballard, who was a standout basketball player for the Tigers has recently passed away.

Ballard played for the university from 2012-2015. She was involved in a tragic accident in Memphis where she was hit by a car and died from her injuries.

In a written statement, LSU said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Danielle. She meant a great deal to our program and was such a big part of our women’s basketball family. It’s difficult to understand why this happened to someone who was so full of life and had so much promise. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.”

A native of Shelby County, Tennessee, she attended LSU for three years. As a basketball player, she earned first-team All-SEC honors during her senior year while helping the Tigers appear in back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances at the NCAA Tournament. She averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists while attending the school. In her first year, she took home SEC All-Freshman honors in 2013 and was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team two times.

The Associated Press reported that Memphis police verified that the 29-year-old Ballard “succumbed to her injuries” after being taken to a local hospital. She was taken from the scene of an accident after emergency dispatchers received a report at 1:26 a.m. on Thursday.

The identity of the driver or the circumstances surrounding the incident has not been revealed. Authorities have stated that an investigation was ongoing and in its preliminary stages.

Former LSU Basketball Player Danielle Ballard Dead at 29

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