Techsters great Tori Harrison passes away at the age of 54

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Former Techster coaches and players are remembering one of their own. Louisiana Tech great, Tori Harrison, passed away at the age of 54.

Harrison died as a result of “Machado-Joseph” disease, which is a rare genetic disorder that attacks the central nervous system. The same disease claimed the lives of her father and brother.

During her time in Ruston, she helped the program make a pair of NCAA Women’s Final Four appearances. In 1987, Harrison her teammates ended the season as runners-up to to Tennessee.

Harrison ended her collegiate career with 1,868 points, 1,020 rebounds and a Louisiana Tech record 341 blocks.

Techsters legendary coach Leon Barmore spoke with NBC 10 Sports and reflected on the life Tori Harrison.

“Well, Tori was one of my all-time favorite players, ” says Barmore. “I remember her being a gentle, loving, kind person. And, Tori was also a very, very good basketball player. She was 6’4, big at that time, and played really well for us. I can’t tell you in words how much I love Tori Harrison and her family. But, Tori was sweet, kind, gentle, and I knew she had been fighting this disease for several years. A great loss for everyone.”

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