Before the ball tipped Wednesday night, fans filled the stands. Before the heat of battle or the sweat of competition, Anderson University and Mount St. Joseph players stood in a circle in support of Hill.
"I think they called me on Monday and said they were going to do something presentation-wise at the beginning, say a prayer, which is awesome, and then they are doing the layup challenge for Lauren," Mount Saint Joseph head coach Dan Benjamin said.
It's not often a halftime show becomes a main event, but that’s what happened Wednesday.
Layup4Lauren has become a sporting event staple across the country -- participants spin around five times then shoot a layup with their non-dominant hand. It's supposed to simulate how dizzy Hill feels when she plays.
Hill is still fighting while raising more than a million dollars for her cause. She has also been named her team's honorary coach.
Although she was unable to make the trip to Anderson on Wednesday, there was no doubt that her spirit was there and it has spread far beyond the dimensions of a basketball court.