The 19-year-old freshman player at Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio died at a hospital this morning, according to the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation. Despite a brain tumor that she knew would take her life, she worked to raise money for cancer research — and achieved her goal of scoring a basket in a college game. The NCAA had allowed her college team to move up its opening game by two weeks because her condition was deteriorating.
By the time the game came around on Nov. 2, the tumor had affected Hill’s right side so much that she had to shoot with her non-dominant hand. With Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt and an impressive cast of WNBA players on hand, Hill took a pass and made a left-handed layup only 17 seconds into the game.
Her nonprofit foundation helped to raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research.