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CINCINNATI – Lauren Hill’s gray, metal casket was wheeled into the 10,000-seat basketball arena and placed at the spot where she made her first basket only five months ago. No more perfect place.
Lauren Hill’s teammates and coaches are remembering the 19-year-old college basketball player with her own inspiring words: “Never give up.” An example she lived by as she fought a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a game.
CINCINNATI – The Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team held its postseason banquet in a hospital room warmed by Lauren Hill’s smile. The 19-year-old freshman made it through a full season while raising more than $1.3 million for research into the type of brain tumor that will likely end her life. She’s occasionally hospitalized for treatment but still holding to each day as tightly as she can and urging others to appreciate their time together.
CINCINNATI – Lauren Hill’s basketball career is finished. The freshman at Mount St. Joseph decided Wednesday to give up her playing career after achieving her goal of scoring in a game even as she fights an inoperable brain tumor. Hill will continue raising money for cancer research as she spends time with her family.
In between making two layups that brought a packed arena to its feet, Lauren Hill spent much of this inspiring game sitting on the bench wearing sunglasses and headphones. The bright gym and roar of the crowd are still special to Hill. An inoperable brain tumor, though, has made her extremely sensitive to sensations others take for granted. The freshman forward for Division III Mount St. Joseph’s made an uncontested left-handed layup for the opening basket of Sunday’s 66-55 victory over Hiram College played at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Hill has just months to live because of the tumor. She made the last shot of the game, too, returning with 26.5 seconds remaining to sink a layup right-handed for the game’s final basket. “Today has been the best day I’ve ever had,” Hill said. – Associated Press
Lauren Hill’s first college basketball game will be streamed nationally and televised on regional networks. The freshman for Division III Mount St. Joseph has inoperable brain cancer, and the NCAA allowed its season opener to be moved up to Sunday so she can play before her condition worsens. The matchup with Hiram College at Xavier’s 10,000-seat arena in Cincinnati will be available for free on Fox Sports Go online and through the app, even for users who usually can’t access the service. Also, the game will also air on Fox Sports Regional Networks, including in Ohio, and Fox College Sports. The game starts at 11 a.m. Pacific. – AP
Elena Delle Donne had chills when she first heard about Lauren Hill. The WNBA star was brought to tears when she read about the freshman at Division III Mount St. Joseph University who has inoperable brain cancer.