Lauren Hill scores 4 points in first game with Mount St. Joseph’s

Mount St. Joseph College freshman Lauren Hill, who is dying of brain cancer, scored 4 points in her one and only game today, including a memorable layup:

Hill, the Mount St. Joseph College forward with an inoperable brain tumor, first had to live long enough to play in Sunday’s game against Hiram College, no small feat since doctors have told her they expect her not to make it through December. The 19-year-old freshman also had to summon the strength to make it up and down the floor despite the constant headaches and bouts of dizziness and nausea that have plagued her more frequently in recent weeks.

And as if that weren’t enough, there was the little matter of Hill having to attempt the layup with her off hand because the right side of her body is too weak for her hoist it to the rim with her dominant arm. Hill has practiced shooting with her left hand for weeks, but she still missed just as many layups as she made in practice the past two weeks — and that was without a sellout crowd of 10,000 fans standing in her honor and tens of thousands more watching at home from their sofas on national TV.

It was an unforgettable Sunday afternoon for Hill.

She fulfilled a dream.

Her teammates played for her.

Videos and pictures and NCAA’s twitter feed.

Pat Summitt presented Hill with the US Basketball Writers Association most courageous award.

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I’m so very glad the game turned out pretty much perfectly. That’s some grace right there.