Sad news for many including the Lady Griz basketball organization. Washington State authorities say that a former Lady Griz basketball player has died after a weekend pickup truck crash. Vancouver Police report two women, including Julie E. Deming, 32, died when a pickup truck crashed into a tree and light pole on Saturday. Deming was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, while a passenger in the pickup truck, Brittney K. Deter, 21, of Vancouver, did not survive her injuries.
According to the Associated Press, the wreck happened just before 2 a.m. on Saturday in the area of Southeast McGillivray Boulevard and Southeast Olympia Drive in Vancouver. When police arrived on the scene, they found a Ford F150 pickup truck wrapped around a tree and light pole.
The Vancouver Police Traffic Unit is still investigating the crash, and state in a news release that, "excessive speed and possibly alcohol were factors in the collision."
Deming graduated from the University of Montana in 2004, and was the 24th all-time leading scorer in Lady Griz history. She racked up 1.073 points during her playing career at UM. Coach Robin Selvig and his staff had visited with Deming many times since her graduation. She missed being a Lady Griz and attended as many games in Portland as she could.
On the GoGriz website Selvig said, “What sticks out in my mind is the times I’ve seen her since and she comes to the games full of nothing but great memories, ‘remember this, remember that,’ ” Selvig said.
Deming scored a career-high 29 points in her last game as a Lady Griz, an 81-77 loss to seventh-ranked Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NCAA tournament in front of 7,400 fans at Dahlberg Arena.
Deming received the Shannon Green Award as the team’s most inspirational player following her senior season. The award’s namesake was killed in a car accident following her freshman season of 1980-81.
Deming was working as an MRI technician in the Portland area.
“Sometimes you don’t see them that much after graduation,” Selvig said. “But we play in Portland all the time and we’d see her there. That part of her life she didn’t want to end. She had so many good friends. It was always fun to talk to her.”