Former Lady Vols player Daedra Charles Furlow died Saturday, according to a statement from Lady Vol Basketball.
Our Lady Vol family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Tennessee legend Daedra Charles. Head coach Holly Warlick shared her feelings regarding the loss of a remarkable woman many considered a sister and friend. pic.twitter.com/MLpJBXszXb— Lady Vol Basketball (@LadyVol_Hoops) April 15, 2018
“My heart is broken from the loss of one of the greatest players to play at Tennesse, Daedra “Night Train” Charles (Furlow),” said Coach Holly Warlick in a statement.
Before graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1991, Charles-Furlow led the Lady Vol basketball team in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots in the 1990 and 1991 seasons, according to Charles-Furlow’s biography on UT Athleltics.
UT Athletics says Charles-Furlow was a key contributor to the 1988-89 NCAA Championship team. She became the first SEC player to receive the Margaret Wade Trophy in 1991 and is one of five Lady Vols to have her number (32) retired.
In 1992, Charles-Furlow was a member of the 1992 U.S. women’s basketball team that won a bronze medal at the Barcelona Olympics, according to Charles-Furlow’s biography on UT Athleltics. In her professional career, Charles-Furlow played basketball in Italy, Japan, Turkey, and France until 1996. In 1997, she was selected in the WNBA Elite Draft with the eighth overall pick by the L.A. Sparks.