June 6, 2013
SEATTLE - Former Washington basketball player Melissa Erickson died Wednesday after a seven-year fight with Lou Gehrig's Disease. She was 34 years old.
Erickson, who earned four letters the 1997-98 season through 2000-01, played in 92 games during her UW career, which was cut short by a knee injury during her senior season. That year, the Huskies won a share of the Pac-10 championship and made a run to the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Tournament.
Born in Platte, South Dakota, and a graduate of Heritage High in Littleton, Colo., Erickson was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2006 at the age of 27. Since then, her Husky teammates organized a number of events to raise awareness.
Details on a public memorial will be provided at a later date.
In the meantime, the entire UW athletic family sends its condolences to Melissa's family and teammates.