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Former IU athlete Courtney Cox Cole dies at 48


Former IU women's basketball and women's golf player Courtney Cox Cole died Sunday in Noblesville, Indiana. She played on the 1991 women's basketball WNIT runner-up team, and qualified for the NCAA women's golf tournament twice in her career. Photo courtesy of IU Athletics

Courtney Cox Cole, an IU alumna and former two-sport athlete, died of cancer at the age of 48 on Sunday in Noblesville, Ind.

According to an IU Athletics press release, Cole played for both IU women’s basketball and IU women’s golf while she was a student at IU from 1990-93.

With women’s basketball, Cox made 53 career appearances, including 22 starts. During her freshman season, she finished second on the team in scoring at 9.1 points per game, and earned an Academic All-Big Ten honor in 1991 as part of the WNIT runner-up team.

“Our sincerest sympathies are with the family of Courtney Cox Cole,” IU women’s basketball coach Teri Moren said in an IU Athletics press release. “I played against Courtney in both high school and college and remember her as a fierce competitor. She took that same attitude as she battled cancer for the last six years. Courtney remained positive throughout her fight and became an inspiration to so many. She will go down in history as one of Indiana’s greatest to ever play, but more importantly she will be remembered as a genuine, funny, successful business woman and as a loving mother, daughter and sister.”

Cole twice made an NCAA tournament appearance for the women’s golf team (1992,1993), earned three Academic All-Big Ten selections, three-time All-Big Ten honors and was a two-time NGCA Scholar Athlete.

“Indiana Women’s Golf mourns the loss of a great person and great Hoosier in Courtney Cox Cole,” IU women’s golf coach Clint Wallman said in an IU Athletics press release. “Courtney was a talented golfer who qualified for the NCAA Championships twice, but more than that, she was a fantastic teammate and leader. She will be missed by all who knew her and Indiana Women’s Golf extends our deepest sympathies to her family.”

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