Lauren Hill surprises teammates, fans with another layup in her second college game (VIDEO)


Lauren Hill has been a tremendous inspiration across America these last few weeks, as the Mount St. Joseph freshman continues her battle against a rare and inoperable form of brain cancer. On November 2nd, Hill drew national attention, and 10,000 fans at Xavier, as they watched her make a layup in her first career college basketball game.

Thankfully, that game wouldn’t be her last.

According to report from Tim Warsinskey of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hill was expected to join her Mount St. Joseph teammates on the bench on Friday, and potentially even dress in her uniform, but a weakened state had left her unable to practice since her November 2nd college basketball debut. Hill drove with her family nearly four hours from Lawrenceburg, Ind. to join Mount St. Joseph as they played Bethany College at the Baldwin Wallace Invitational.

But Hill fought through the weakened state, defied the odds and showed her courageous spirit once again, as she built up enough energy to check into the game with 8:06 remaining in the second half and Mount St. Joseph trailing by 14. On her first possession, Hill took a pass from a teammate on the left block and scored with her right hand over a Bethany College defender who gave her some space and the basket made it a 56-44 deficit with 7:47 to play.

Timeout was immediately called as teammates mobbed Hill and walked her to the bench as the crowd of 322 at Baldwin Wallace’s Ursprung Gymnasium gave her a rousing standing ovation. The basket marked Hill’s third career college field goal and goes down as another incredible moment in her fight against cancer. Mount St. Joseph mounted a bit of a comeback and made it close but ultimately fell, 69-64, to Bethany College.

For Hill to muster up energy for another game is truly remarkable. She had to endure a four-hour drive, but she still dressed in full uniform and wore white-rimmed dark sunglasses and ear protection on the bench due to her growing sensitivity to light and sound.

Hill kept bugging her head coach, Dan Benjamin, to give her a chance to play and the coach allowed her to play when she started to become weak by the second half.

“It was nerve-wracking,” Benjamin said to the Plain Dealer. “I talked to her mom and dad this morning and she wasn’t feeling very well. We weren’t sure what she was going to do. She hasn’t practiced in two weeks and I was nervous about putting her in and her getting hurt.

“But she was on the bench saying, ‘Coach, I’m starting to fade. I’m draining,’ and I said I’m putting her in. My staff was like, ‘No, we’re in this game.’ I said, ‘I don’t care. It’s not about the game.’ It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made.”

Hill and her family politely refused comment after the game as they returned home to Indiana. If this does end up being Hill’s final game, it was a great surprise and a thrill to see her earn a little more playing time and score once again. Knowing her toughness and resolve, Hill certainly isn’t going to back down from her fight.

The #Layup4Lauren initiative has seen basketball players and fans from coast-to-coast joining the cause and raising money and awareness to fight diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), the rare cancer that Lauren is fighting. According to Warsinskey’s report, the #Layup4Lauren campaign has raised more than $324,000 so far.

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Wheaties honors Lauren Hill with special cereal box (PHOTO)



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Just three days after playing in her first college basketball game for Mount St. Joseph College, Lauren Hill was on the receiving end of an honor that very few athletes are fortunate enough to earn during their careers. Hill’s image was placed on the front of the Wheaties cereal box, which was revealed by the Layup 4 Lauren Facebook page.

Among the athletes who’ve been on the front of a Wheaties are Babe Ruth, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

Hill was diagnosed with DIPG (a form of brain cancer) last November, with doctors declaring the tumor in her brain to be inoperable. Hill is using her story to help raise money for research of DIPG, and donations can be made at The Cure Starts Now.

Lauren Hill takes the court for her college debut (VIDEO)


“Let’s not call it my last game. This is my first collegiate game.”

Those were the words of Mount St. Joseph freshman forward Lauren Hill Sunday afternoon during an on-air interview following her game-opening basket against Hiram College. Hill’s story has been a popular one in college basketball, with her battle against a rare and inoperable form of brain cancer changing the circumstances of this game.

Originally scheduled for November 13, the game was moved up to November 2 with Hiram College and the NCAA on board with the scheduling change. The #Layup4Lauren initiative has seen college and professional athletes join the cause, recording themselves attempting a layup with their non-dominant hand after spinning around five times.

And in order to get Hill her shot attempt Sunday, Mount St. Joseph ran a play that yielded mixed results in the team’s practices and scrimmage. However there were no such issues at the Cintas Center, as Hill made the basket and was then swarmed in celebration by her teammates. Hill was given the game ball shortly thereafter. In her first college basketball game, Lauren Hill scored the first official points of the 2014-15 season.

At halftime, Hill was awarded the USBWA Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award with the legendary coach among those in attendance.

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Kentucky, Xavier among those participating in #Layup4Lauren challenge (VIDEOS)

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The #Layup4Lauren challenged was launched by Lauren Hill on Monday, and she has already gotten some pretty big names to take part.

I’m sure you know the story by now. Lauren is a freshman on the Mount Saint Joseph’s (Division III) basketball team. She’s also battling a terminal brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). The challenge is a way for her to raise awareness for the disease, which has no cure. A way for his life to have a legacy.

You can donate, if you’re so inclined, right here.

Kentucky men’s basketball:

Xavier men’s basketball, who will be hosting Lauren’s game on November 2nd:

Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon:

Bengals players Andy Dalton and Andrew Whitworth: