Gamecocks' assistant basketball coach has breast cancer
Nikki McCray (Source: University of South Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -
South Carolina women's basketball assistant coach Nikki McCray says she's being treated for breast cancer.
McCray said Monday she was diagnosed in November and was told by doctors her condition was treatable. McCray says she'll continue coaching through the season, if possible. The Gamecocks, ranked 10th last week, are 16-1 and lead the Southeastern Conference with a 4-0 mark.
McCray, 42, was a two-time All-American and SEC player of the year at Tennessee. She also won two Olympic gold medals as part of the U.S. team and played with her boss, Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley.
McCray has been on Staley's staff all six seasons at South Carolina.
"This will definitely be a challenge, but I am getting prepared to fight and win this battle," McCray said in an online release. "We are a close family here at South Carolina, and I will draw my strength from God, my family and friends, our team, our staff and the fans. I am thankful for everyone's continued to support."
"When Nikki called me with the unexpected news, my immediate reaction was to become the best supporter for her through this process," South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. "Family is important to us, and we all have embraced Nikki's diagnosis with that mindset and providing her with all the moral and physical support she needs. Our `Play 4 Kay' game will definitely have an even more personal meaning for us this year."
Staley pledged that she and her team will continue providing McCray the support she needs in fighting the disease.
Copyright 2014 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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