Daedra Charles-Furlow, a Detroit native, two-time women’s basketball national champion with Tennessee, two-time All-American and an Olympian, has passed away at 49.
Charles-Furlow, who attended St. Martin de Porres in Detroit, is being mourned by her former Tennessee teammates and coaches and many in the women’s basketball field.
“My heart is broken from the loss of one of the greatest players to play at Tennessee, Daedra ‘Night Train’ Charles (Furlow),” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick, who was an assistant coach under Pat Summitt when Charles played for the Lady Vols from 1988-1991, said in a statement. “An Olympian, a pro player, an ambassador for the Lady Vols, and more important a wonderful person/mother.
“Our memories of Daedra will bring us comfort and smiles. But it will also bring me tears because she is suddenly gone. Lord wrap your arms around her. I know she has found her peace.”
She scored 1,495 points and had 858 rebounds at Tennessee.
Charles-Furlow was an assistant coach at Detroit Mercy (2003-2006) and then Auburn. She returned to Tennessee as an assistant coach in 2008. She was diagnosed with breast cancer while back in Knoxville.
She is survived by her husband, Anthony Furlow, and her son, Anthonee.