A wonderful story from the Deseret Newspaper on Saturday, Feb 12. (I did edit it down a little, click on link below for full article)
Women's basketball: Ute, Coug women tip off today
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah women's basketball team will host rival BYU today in the second consecutive game on its home floor...They are looking for a renewed energy when taking on the Cougars, who are currently at the top of the Mountain West Conference at 9-1 and 17-7 overall...
The Cougars, on the other hand, will take the court for the third game without sophomore forward Alexis Kaufusi. BYU announced Tuesday that the Timpview High School-graduate has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and will not compete for the team for the remainder of the season.
"My thoughts are with BYU and their fans and players and family. It's a really difficult situation for Alexis Kaufusi and her family," Rolniak said.
"It definitely hits home for me in more ways than one," she added with emotion in her voice. "My heart goes out to them. Rivalry aside, we're all basketball players and we're all girls around the same age and we're all going through a lot of the same stuff and this is something all can rally around."