BERKELEY, Calif. – For two years, Tierra Rogers cried herself to sleep each night as California's basketball team moved forward without her.
Still grieving 20 months after her father was murdered during one of her high school games, Rogers' career got cut short before it began. A top recruit, the highly touted freshman guard collapsed and stopped breathing in a seriously close call outside the Cal training room.
It's been three years since that frightening day. But Rogers rarely misses practice, even though she has never played for the Golden Bears, who jumped to No. 11 in this week's AP poll.
Most with her rare, often-fatal heart condition never know it. Now she's taking part in a clinical trial at UC San Francisco, something she hopes will help others keep playing sports.