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Women’s basketball visits score wins with children’s hospital patients

Published on Thursday, November 21, 2019

They may be in-state rivals, but the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University women’s basketball teams came up with a winning game plan this week: bringing joy to patients in the state’s only children’s hospital. Ole Miss players enjoyed drawing and playing video games with patients Monday afternoon before heading to Hattiesburg to play Southern Miss Tuesday, and the Lady Bulldogs stopped in this morning for fun and foosball prior to their 7 p.m. game at Jackson State University.

Following a spirited game of foosball, Children's of Mississippi patient Landen Stepro shakes hands with Mississippi State players Aliyah Matharu as Jayla Hemingway looks on.
From left, player Sarah Dumitrescu watches as University of Mississippi women's basketball coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin plays a basketball video game with Deja Cage as Children's of Mississippi patient Dan Zelle Lee of Canton watches.
Mississippi State's Myah Taylor makes jewelry with Children's of Mississippi patient Brylee Conner of Wiggins.
University of Mississippi basketball players Mimi Reid, left, and Jordan Berry smile by the team bus.
Mississippi State's Chloe Bibby creates artwork with Children's of Mississippi patient Ty'Niecia Thomas of Jackson.
From left, Child Life specialist Madeline Wilson, University of Mississippi women’s basketball team members Valerie Nesbett, Dominique Banks, Iyanla Kitchens and Assistant Coach Armintie Herrington visit with Children’s of Mississippi patient William Currie.
Nesbitt, a University of Mississippi basketball player, and Children's of Mississippi patient Britt Cumberland of Philadelphia are in an intense basketball video game session.
Mississippi State players Yemiyah Morris and Andra Espinoza-Hunter smile for a photo by the team bus at Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants.
Children's of Mississippi patient Hayden Cannon of Bay Springs laughs while playing a board game with Ole Miss women's basketball players.
Children's of Mississippi patient Landen checks out a Mississippi State University women's basketball photo as Hemingway looks on.