McCray-Penson was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Rutgers last season and the school confirmed the death of the two-time Olympic gold-medalist.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two-time Olympic gold-medalist and former ABL MVP Nikki McCray-Penson has died. She was 51.
A standout star for Collierville High School in the Mid-South, McCray-Penson played with the Tennessee Lady Vols from 1991-95 under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt. The guard was a two-time SEC Player of the Year and a two-time Kodak All-America standout during her junior and senior seasons for the Lady Vols.
McCray-Penson won gold medals with the U.S. women’s basketball team at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. The 1996 team sparked the formation of the WNBA and ABL. She played in the ABL and won MVP honors in 1997 before heading over to the WNBA. McCray-Penson was a three-time All-Star in that league while playing for the Washington Mystics.