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Crash Kills Basketball Player

Thu., Feb. 1, 1996

One player was killed and five others were injured, along with their coach, when one of two vans carrying the Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis women’s basketball team crashed on icy Interstate 65.

Shannon McPherson, the starting point guard who would have turned 21 today, was thrown from the van after it struck a median and overturned on the way back from a game at Indiana-Southeast in New Albany Tuesday night.

The team had stopped for dinner in Columbus, about 40 miles south of Indianapolis. State Police said coach Kimra Schliecher, 30, was driving north, about 5 miles north of Columbus, when the university-owned van slid out of control and rolled over.

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