Mount freshman Lauren Hill finishes as runner-up in the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year voting

Mount St. Joseph University student-athlete Lauren Hill, a five-foot-11 freshman basketball player from Greendale, Indiana (Lawrenceburg High School), capped a noteworthy year on Monday, Dec. 29 when she finished as the runner-up in the voting for the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Thirteen-year old baseball pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis, who gained celebrity status when she took the mound in the Little League World Series this past summer, won the award. Professional tennis player Serena Williams, a three-time winner of the award, was named third in the voting.

The voting was done by United States editors and news directors. Davis is the youngest winner in the history of the award. Hill - who played her first college basketball game while battling terminal brain cancer – has finished her playing career at the Mount and is now an honorary coach for the Lions. She played in four games this season and scored 10 points.

Hill has continued her battle in the fight against pediatric brain cancer, DIPG, and is working towards raising a goal of 1 million dollars by Jan. 1. As of the early afternoon on Tuesday, Dec. 30, the Lauren Hill Tribute Fund had brought in $913,000. Every dollar raised goes to the Cure Stars Now Foundation.

You can give by calling (513) 326-3845 until 7 p.m. or donate online now at Layup4Lauren.org. Donations can also be mailed to The Cure Starts Now, 10280 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215.