The legacy of former Mount St. Joseph Lion women's basketball player Lauren Hill continues to live on. It was recently announced that Lauren Hill would be posthumously inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame next year.
Hill, who played for the Lions women's basketball team during the 2014-2015 season suffered from a rare form of terminal brain cancer called DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine gloma). Despite her grim diagnosis, the Lions women's basketball team offered her a roster spot and made her a full-fledged member of the team. The Lions began that season with a packed house at Xavier University's Cintas Center with an attendance of over 10,000 people. Prior to the game, Hill's story had become nationwide news and was covered by sports media outlet ESPN—among others. In her debut game that season against Hiram College, Hill scored the Lions' first two points of the game on a layup.
Although Hill passed away from DIPG after the end of the Lions' 2014-2015 basketball season, the Mount continues to honor her legacy of courage, strength, and perseverance by playing in the Lauren Hill Tip-Off Classic at the Cintas Center at the beginning of every women's basketball season.
Hill's induction into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame will take place on May 18, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.
This year's Lauren Hill Tip-Off Classic is on Saturday, November 17 at 5:00 PM when the Lions take on University of Cincinnati-Clermont at Xavier University's Cintas Center.