Xavier to host Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball game November 2

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Earlier this week it was reported that the NCAA approved a waiver that would allow the Mount St. Joseph University women’s basketball team to play their season-opener on November 2, and the reason for the school’s request was a heartbreaking one. During Lauren Hill’s senior year of high school an inoperable brain tumor was found, leading to her receiving the news that Diffused Intrinsic Pentene Gleoma was terminal.

Hill joined the Mount St. Joseph program this year, leading to head coach Dan Benjamin seeking out approval to move their season opener against Hiram College up from its original date of November 15. Of course Hiram head coach Emily Hays was on board, with the NCAA acting Tuesday. In addition to giving Hill the opportunity to play college basketball, the game is also being used to raise money for cancer research.

And according to Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio, there’s been so much interest in tickets for the game that it’s being moved to Xavier’s Cintas Center.

Xavier announced Thursday that tickets for the game will be available starting Wednesday, October 22 at 9 a.m. and will cost $5 each with net ticket proceeds donated to The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

“On behalf of the women’s basketball team and the entire Mount St. Joseph University community, we are grateful that Lauren will have this opportunity which grants her wish to play college basketball,” Mount St. Joseph athletic director Steve Radcliffe said. “We have received heartfelt emails and phone calls of support from people around the world who have heard of Lauren’s story. We are humbled by the many universities and school groups that would like to come to the game, even those coming from several hours away.”

Here’s to hoping that they sell out the Cintas Center.