WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor’s Lady Bears plan to pay tribute during their game against Texas Thursday to former player Chameka Scott, who lost a years-long battle with colon cancer Sunday.
Scott helped the 2005 Lady Bears team win its first national championship.
"Chameka deserves to be honored…on the court she played on, with the people she played with, the coaches who supported her and in front of the fans who cheered her on,” coach Kim Mulkey said Wednesday.
Starting Thursday and continuing throughout the season, members of the team will wear patches on their jerseys bearing Scott’s initials, which will also be placed on both ends of the court for Thursday night’s game.
Fans will be given green and gold T-shirts Thursday night displaying Scott’s initials and number on the back along with a cancer ribbon.
A video tribute that includes interviews with her former teammates will be shown just prior to tip-off at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a moment of silence for Scott, whose family plans to be at the game, along with almost every player from the 2005 team and their families.
"Her teammates, her fans and everyone that loved her will be able to celebrate her and all be together. And she deserves that," Mulkey said.
"And there's no better place to honor her than the Ferrell Center floor at Baylor University."
"We will play in her honor."
"It's the least we could do for someone who did so much for us."
Plans are underway for a memorial service, but details have not yet been announced.