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Former Storm center Simone Edwards dies at 49

May 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the game ball during the preseason WNBA game between the New York Liberty and the China National Team at Barclays Center.  Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Former Seattle Storm center Simone Edwards has died at 49 after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Edwards played in 178 games in six seasons with Seattle from 2000-05, averaging 5.3 points and 3.5 rebounds and winning a WNBA championship in 2004. She was an original member of the expansion team in 2000.

“Our Jamaican Hurricane was a warrior on & off the court,” the Storm posted Thursday on Twitter to announce her passing. “With her indefatigable energy & optimism, she brought happiness to so many. Our thoughts & condolences are with Simone’s family and loved ones at this time.”

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, the 6-foot-4 Edwards played college basketball at Iowa from 1994-97 and helped the Hawkeyes win a Big Ten regular-season title in 1995-96 and a Big Ten tournament title the next year.

–Field Level Media