Xavier University and Mount St. Joseph University have teamed up to open their respective women’s basketball seasons with a doubleheader at Cintas Center on Saturday, Nov. 14. The games will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio.
The season openers for the two schools will be called the “Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic” in honor of the late Lauren Hill, a Mount St. Joseph student who played for the Lions despite battling an inoperable brain tumor. Hill hit the court for her first collegiate game on Nov. 2, 2014 against Hiram College in front of a capacity crowd at Cintas Center on national television.
The season-opening event will be an annual kickoff to future Xavier and Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball seasons.
“Lauren’s courage and positive approach to adversity inspired everyone who heard her story,” said Xavier Athletics Director Greg Christopher. “This tribute to Lauren is another way her spirit can impact others. Our goal is to honor Lauren and her fight, along with continuing to raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer.”
The doubleheader takes place on the opening weekend of college basketball with Xavier opening the day against Evansville at 1 p.m. Mount St. Joseph will play Hiram College approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
“I’m not sure there is a better way to open our basketball season this fall than doing something to honor Lauren,” said Mount St. Joseph University Athletics Director Steve Radcliffe. “Her courageous battle was an inspiration to all of us. Lauren left her mark at MSJ and we will continue her legacy.”
Ticket proceeds from the games will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation, a not-for-profit committed to raising money for pediatric cancer research.
Hill’s story gained national attention as she set out to raise awareness for The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Her goal of raising one million dollars for the foundation has already been surpassed.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-17) and are valid for both games of the doubleheader. Special group pricing is in effect for this game. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets for $5 each. Proceeds will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online at GoXavier.com or Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Xavier Athletics Ticket Office. To purchase group tickets call 513-745-3411 ext. 7.