Ex-Illinois women’s basketball players sue school; chancellor says allegations taken seriously By DAVID MERCER, July 01, 2015: _________________________________According to the lawsuit, Smith, Oden and Tuck were called “toxic” and “crabs” who pull each other down. The alleged segregated practices were referred to as “the dog pound.” The players also say the coaches implied at least some of the black plaintiffs were unintelligent, undisciplined “west-side ghetto” players. “The grossly inappropriate statements were made by Divilbiss but in the presence of Bollant,” Ekl said. “He should have stopped Divilbiss from doing it.” Similarly, the lawsuit claims, the athletic director should have prevented their actions. The players also accuse Bollant of trying to recruit more white players. He replaced Jolette Law, a black woman who recruited Smith, Oden and Tuck before she was fired by Thomas in 2012. Law was 69-93 in five seasons at Illinois. More-@ http://m.startribune.com/nation/311246941.html


The (Delaware) State College for Colored Students’  1932-1933 women’s basketball team

first row (left to right) - Doris Grant, Lillian Rhodes, Captain Lucille Brown, Clanetta Davis, Frances Murray 

second row (left to right) - Edna Walls, Priscilla Fowntain, Gladys Corns, Gladys C Walls

third row (left to right) - Katherine Deschields, Rachel Warren, Virginia Cornish, Coach F.G. Brooks, Mittchell, Downing

Lauren Hill learned last fall that a brain disease would kill her in less than two years. 

“I wasn’t playing normally,” she said. “I was dizzy and disoriented and wobbling around and not catching balls.” Lauren, a standout at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) High School, originally committed to play for Mount St. Joseph’s in Cincinatti on her 18th birthday. Less than two months later, Hill was diagnosed with DIPG (diffuse intrinsic potine glioma), a cancer of the brainstem that primarily affects children. Lauren’s diagnosis was terminal, but her first question wasn’t about her illness, it was about her future as an athlete. “Can I still play basketball?”

Her courage and fighting spirit in the face of insurmountable odds surprised few who knew her. According to her Mount St. Joseph coach, Zane White, “the same kind of focus she is showing at living is the kind of effort she gave playing basketball. She’s never lost any of her positivity or tenaciousness.” 

Last month, an MRI revealed that her tumor had grown and that she probably would not make it to the end of the year. That timeline was devastating for Lauren and her family, but to make things worse, it also likely meant that Lauren would not get to realize her dream of taking the court, wearing #22 for Mount St. Joseph — the team’s schedule was set to open away on Nov. 15. 

In a turn of good fortune, the NCAA granted Mount St. Joseph’s request to move the game up to Nov. 2 at home. As her story circulated, support for Lauren and her wish to play one last time became overwhelming. Tickets for the game at Mount St. Joseph sold out in minutes and the game was moved to the Xavier Cintas Center, where it sold out again. 

If all goes well, Lauren will have the chance to put on her No. 22 jersey and take the floor one last time in front of a packed house. 

“I still love the roar of the crowd and the bounding of the balls and the squeaking of the shoes and people working hard and fighting,” Lauren said. “And I Just can’t wait to be standing on this court in a basketball uniform, with the No. 22.”  

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Numerous broadcast networks will be airing Lauren’s game live Sunday, Nov 2nd at 2 PM ET/11 AM PST.

Live: Sunday, November 2nd at 2 PM ET/ 11 AM PST

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Learn more about DIPG here