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Gainey to play first and last game

Heart disease cut career short as a freshman, but she'll play in Saturday's Senior Day

Originally Published: February 23, 2011
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

It is a truth of both muscle and metaphor that one basketball game cannot mend a broken heart.

Watching the ball rise in the air for the opening tip, a split-second of stillness and inhaled silence giving way to a blur of movement and the squeak of sneakers, will not repair the myocardium of Ebony Gainey's damaged heart. Rubbing a defender off a teammate's screen, catching a pass and squaring up to the basket cannot fill the void left by a sister and best friend who went to ...

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