Hopkins, Lady Cougars hold Curing Kids Cancer night

The Charleston women's basketball team held Curing Kids Cancer night on Friday evening. (Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)

The Charleston women’s basketball team held Curing Kids Cancer night on Friday evening.
(Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com)

Mikaela Hopkins has great vision on the basketball court, after all, she does stand six-foot, five inches and is regularly the tallest center in every game.

But on Friday night, Hopkins saw the completion of another vision: raising money for a cancer cure.

During the College of Charleston women’s basketball team’s game against Towson, the program held its second annual “Curing Kids Cancer” night at TD Arena.

All proceeds from the game went directly to the philanthropic organization, Curing Kids Cancer, and was motivated by Hopkins’ vision.

This past year, Hopkins’ best friend’s mother lost her battle to Leukemia, something that affected her so greatly that she penned an article in the Huffington Post last winter.

“My teammates and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to play the game we love at the college level,” said Hopkins. “However, because of pediatric cancer, many children are not afforded the opportunity to see their own dreams come to fruition.”

The game welcomed children fighting cancer, as well as members of the Curing Kids Cancer and Be The Match organizations. The Charleston team wore specialized t-shirts honoring the cause as their pre-game warm-ups.

As for the actual game, the Cougars dropped a 56-52 decision to the Tigers.

Charleston (3-13, 1-4 CAA) drew within two with just under three minutes to play after an Erin Hall jumper, but Towson responded with a 6-0 run to extend their lead to eight.

The Cougars had one last gasp, a 5-0 to close the deficit to three with 33 seconds to play, but Towson sealed the game at the foul line.

Hall led Charleston with 13 points, while Christy Hewatt added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Regardless of the loss, congratulations to Hopkins, head coach Candace Jackson and the entire women’s basketball program for contributing to a great cause.

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