Thursday, April 28, 2005
Woods' death being investigated as a suicide
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former University of Texas women's basketball
player JoRuth Woods was found dead in her home in Cedar Hill. She
Woods was found by her mother Sunday afternoon and authorities
are investigating the death as a suicide, Cedar Hill Police Sgt.
Colin Chenault said Thursday.
Woods led Cedar Hill High School to the state tournament her
junior and senior years before playing at Texas between 1997 and 2000. She
averaged 9.8 points for Texas.
After college, she played professionally one season in Austria
and a season in Israel before returning to Texas to teach school.
Woods was a fifth-grade teacher at Hardin Elementary School.
"She was a people person," her father, Winford Woods, told the
Austin American-Statesman. "She was a leader in whatever she did.
She'd just draw people to her. She touched a lot of people's lives."
A wake will be held Friday night at Evergreen Memorial Funeral
Home in Dallas. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday
at First United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill.