CINCINNATI, OHIO (WATE/AP) – It was a sellout crowd at St. Joseph University’s game at Xavier University as Pat Summitt honored a basketball player, dying of cancer, at her first and last basketball game.
Few will remember the score, but everyone will remember St. Joseph University’s freshman forward, Lauren Hill who has inoperable brain cancer.
The game was the culmination of Hill’s dream not just to play in one college basketball game but also to raise awareness for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma.
Over ten thousand people filled the stands including an impressive list of WNBA players that included Elena Delle Donne, Delisha Milton-Jones, Tamika Catchings, Skylar Diggins and Pat Summitt.
At halftime Hill was awarded the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award by Pat Summitt.
Lauren spoke to the crowd saying, “Today has been the best day I’ve ever had. Thank you guys so much. I just don’t know what to say, but thank you. Thanks for being here.”
Former Lady Vol Candace Parker tweeted “Tears of joy pouring down my cheek. Speechless.”
Fittingly for her first, and last game, Lauren scored the first two points, as well as the last two points of the game.