USCA's career leading scorer battling form of eye cancer

Meredith Legg, USC Aiken's career leading scorer in women's basketball, is battling a form of eye cancer. She will undergo radiation treatments Thursday in Philadelphia. The radiation therapy is expected to last 7-10 days.

According to Lady Pacers coach Mike Brandt, doctors say the radiation will eradicate the tumor. Legg is expected to eventually lose vision in her eye.

"Prayers toward Meredith would be greatly appreciated," Brandt said.

“I think she a positive attitude and has a tremendous outlook.”

Legg’s diagnosis comes one month after men’s basketball player Javonte Clanton died in a one-car accident in West Virginia. Brandt told his players about Legg’s condition Monday.

“They just dropped their jaws,” he said. “When you’re that age, you think you’re invincible.

“It’s been a very difficult time. But I think we have a very unique basketball community with our players and fans. Everyone is very supportive.”

According to Brandt, Legg started having vision problems and visited the school nurse. She was referred Friday to a specialist in Augusta, who initially thought she may have had damaged tendons of the retina. After some dye was dropped in her in eye, Legg was discovered to have a tumor.

She then was sent Sunday to a specialist in Philadelphia. Her diagnosis: melanoma of the eye – an extremely rare form of cancer.

If not for the early detection, Legg would have eventually been given one month to live. Instead, she may just lose sight in one eye.

“She’ll trade that,” Brandt said, “for the alternative.”

Last month, Legg helped USC Aiken reach the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time since 2005. In that first-round loss to Francis Marion, she scored six points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,480 points.

Legg was recently named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic first team. A senior finance and management double major, Legg plans to graduate in May. She told The Augusta Chronicle in November of her plans to attend graduate school to pursue a sports management degree.

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