The Connecticut Sun forward is raising money for her native Bahamas after the destruction from Hurricane Dorian. Jones set up a page on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe, hoping to raise $50,000. She donated $10,000 and the page had just under $20,000 in donations early Thursday. In a video posted to the page, Jones said her family is OK and that, “We’re just hoping and praying that everyone continues to be safe. Right now the only thing we can do is be proactive and try to give so that when the storm does pass, people have a way to get over it and get back to their daily lives.” The Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield, who played youth basketball with Jones, set up a separate GoFundme page.
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The Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer will become the first female athlete in any sport to have her jersey retired by the University of Texas. The school announced Wednesday that her jersey will be retired at halftime of Saturday night’s football game between No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Texas. Ethridge, now the head coach at Washington State, led Texas to the 1986 NCAA championship. The Longhorns were the first undefeated women’s champions in NCAA history at 34-0. She remains the school’s career assists leader with 776. Ethridge helped the U.S. to an Olympic gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Games and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
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