Northwestern women’s basketball sophomore Jordan Hankins died Monday night on the Northwestern campus, an email to students confirmed.
Here was the statement from Paul Hubinsky, the interim director of residential life, released to residents of the Foster-Walker Complex, which was Hankins’s residential building.
Dear Foster Walker Community –
With great sadness, I write to inform you of the death of student Jordan Hankins, a resident of Foster Walker. We can share that no foul play is involved and that the medical examiner will provide more information at a later time. Members of the University community will be available tonight at 6:45 p.m. in the Foster Walker West Basement Lounge, including a representative from CAPS, to help talk through this news.
The loss of a community member is a tragic event and effects everyone in different ways. We share our deepest condolences with each of you and share in the grief that you feel. As you process through this loss, please know that the Northwestern community is here to support you. We encourage you to reach out to other students, staff, faculty and the many resources on campus, including those listed below.
Hankins, a native of Indianapolis, was averaging 3.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game in 11 appearances this year. She was a career 96.9 percent free throw shooter. The women’s basketball team had just returned from a road trip to Maryland.
UPDATE (7:08 p.m. CT)
Here is a statement from Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and 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."
And from head 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."
UPDATE (8:15 p.m. CT)
Northwestern’s game against Minnesota on Wednesday has been canceled.
UPDATE (January 10, 3:30 p.m. CT)
Jordan Hankins’ death was ruled a suicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s report released Tuesday, as reported by the Daily Northwestern.