Ex-LSU women’s basketball standout Danielle Ballard was tragically hit by a car on Thursday in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Ballard was just 29 years old.
Ballard was a pedestrian when she was struck around 1:30 a.m. According to the Memphis Police Department, the driver remained at the scene.
“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,” LSU said in a statement. “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.”
During her three seasons at LSU, Ballard averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.4 steals and helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances.
Ballard earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2015, SEC All-Freshman honors in 2013 and was a two-time SEC All-Defensive Team honoree.
Our deepest condolences go out to Ballard’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.