Lady Bears star who lost battle with cancer fought to the end
Teammates of Chameka Scott, 33, are remembering the former Lady Bears standout who died Sunday after a fight with colon cancer as a great friend who never gave up.
"Chameka was the glue of all of us,' teammate Jordan Davis said.
"As soon as she came onto the scene in 2002 she just lit up every room she was at and befriended everyone and made all of us better people and better players."
Scott, who helped lead the Lady Bears to a national championship in 2005, died Sunday night in hospice care in Houston surrounded by friends and family, including Davis and two other former teammates, who spent the last several months helping care for her.
Davis, Chelsea Whitaker and Abi Wabara appeared Monday on "Midday with Julie" to talk about the player, who made an impact far beyond the basketball court.
"She was fighting all the way to the end," Davis said.
"Sunday as we were doing things to try and take care of her she was asking us if we were OK and giving us a thumbs up like we did great. That's just the kind of person she was."
Chelsea Whitaker was a guard on the 2005 national championship team. She's now a police officer in Dallas, but made the journey back and forth to Houston to support Scott as her condition worsened.
Whitaker said after Scott was sent home and placed in hospice care with no hope of recovery, her old teammate faced the grim prognosis the same way she did opponents on the court.
"Like a champion," Whitaker said. "It's her personality. It's in her DNA. It's who she is."
"We didn't expect her to do anything less than that."
Forward Abi Wabara is the only former teammate who lived nearby in Houston.
She said Scott showed in her darkest days what a real warrior she was all about.
"She never gave up," Wabara said.
"She was more than a teammate."
It's a sentiment that Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey also shared on social media hours after Scott's death.
"Chameka showed us all how to be a good friend, teammate and was a fierce competitor not only on the court but in life," Mulkey posted.
"She never gave up. While I may have been Chameka's coach, she taught me much more about life and what's really important."
Mulkey and a few of her staff members made the drive to Houston Sunday to spend time with one of Mulkey's first recruits at Baylor.
Jordan witnessed the final pep talk Coach Mulkey would give her player.
"Coach Mulkey told Chameka that she loved her and just thanking her for all she did for Baylor and being a light," Smith said.
"I know we are all so grateful for the opportunity to have played with her and have known her," Whitaker added.