Former Mississippi State women's basketball head coach, Nikki McCray-Penson, has passed away at the age of 51, leaving a profound loss for the Mississippi State basketball community.

She was admired for her commitment to the university and her players.

Dr. Mark Keenum, the President of Mississippi State University, expressed condolences and praised McCray-Penson's courage and dedication.

McCray-Penson had an exceptional basketball career, including two Olympic Gold Medals and induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

She joined Mississippi State as head coach in 2020.

McCray-Penson's contributions as a player at the University of Tennessee were significant, and she played a key role in securing championships and an NCAA title.

Head coach Sam Purcell reflected on her exceptional coaching and inspiring nature, emphasizing her role as a devoted mother and wife.

McCray-Penson's legacy will be cherished and her impact will be remembered in the Mississippi State basketball community and beyond.