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CINCINNATI – Lauren Hill needed just 17 seconds to make her dream come true, albeit differently than she initially imagined.
The freshman forward for Division III Mount St. Joseph's made an uncontested left-handed layup for the opening basket Sunday against Hiram College. Hill has just months to live because of an inoperable brain tumor that has forced the right-hander to shoot with her left hand because the tumor has affected her coordination.
Her shot brought a standing ovation from a sellout crowd at Xavier University's 10,000-seat arena and was among many emotional moments for Hill, who received love and support from the moment she walked out for warmups. Her audience included former Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt.