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Ex-WNBA Player Corissa Yasen Dies

May 14, 2001

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ Corissa Yasen, the former track and basketball star who played one season in the WNBA, was found dead Saturday at her home. She was 27.

Don Yasen said he discovered his daughter’s body after her employer called and said she had missed two days of work and had not contacted anyone. Yasen said there was nothing to indicate cause of death, and that a coroner’s report is due Monday.

He said she had been in excellent health.

Yasen led Coeur d’Alene High School to state championships in track and field, basketball and cross country, and is a member of the Idaho High School Athletics Hall of Fame. She holds the Idaho A-1 state meet record in the high jump of 5 feet, 10 inches.

Yasen was Purdue University’s female athlete of the year in 1994-95 and 1995-96, and became the school’s first female NCAA track champion in 1996 when she won the heptathlon. She also started at forward on Purdue’s basketball team.

Yasen averaged 2.7 points in 19 games for the Sacramento Monarchs in 1997, the WNBA’s first season.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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