But she was eventually able to turn her grief into something positive. She was named to the Big 12’s All-Freshman team that season and won the league’s Sixth Man Award after averaging 9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Sharane keeps a photo of Kuron in her locker and continues to play in his memory to this day.
She’s also become as involved as she can in the fight against SIDS, posting messages online to raise awareness and researching it as much as possible.
She said she’d like to do more, but the demands of being a college basketball player make it tough.
“She’s very close to her sister, and was very close to Kuron,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “It’s such a devastating type of loss because it’s unpredictable. You don’t see it coming.
“When you’re blindsided like that I think it hits you especially hard. I think she wanted to take her grief and turn it into something positive, so she became actively involved in the SIDS cause.”