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Mount St. Joseph Lions
Mount St Joseph Lions
School Name: Mount St. Joseph University
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Arena: Harrington Center
Capacity: 2,000
Conference: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Head coach: Larry Cox

The Mount St. Joseph Lions represent Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ), a Roman Catholic school located in the Cincinnati-area community of Delhi Township, Ohio, in NCAA Division III sports. The Lions are members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

MSJ is most notable for being the home team in a November 2014 women's game against Northeast Ohio school Hiram that became the most-attended NCAA women's game that did not involve a Division I school. The focal point of this game was Lions freshman player Lauren Hill, who was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, and had expressed a wish to play in a college game before her passing. Originally scheduled as a Hiram home game, that school agreed to move it to the MSJ campus. Once the game began receiving national media attention, demand for tickets and media credentials quickly outstripped MSJ's 2000-seat gym. Local Division I school Xavier University stepped in, offering free use of its home arena, Cintas Center, with a capacity of 10,250. The game sold out, and was televised by ESPN. By prior arrangement between the two coaches, Hill scored the first basket in a game the Lions went on to win. The game also served as a fundraiser for a local children's cancer charity that she and her family supported. Hill would play in three more games before her condition prevented her from playing; by the time of her death in April 2015, more than $1.5 million in donations to the charity were attributed to her efforts.

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