Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - South Carolina women's assistant basketball coach Nikki McCray has been diagnosed with a treatable form of breast cancer.
The school announced Monday that McCray learned of the diagnosis in November and has begun treatment. She will continue to coach through the season.
"This will definitely be a challenge, but I am getting prepared to fight and win this battle," said McCray, a former Tennessee All-American as a player in her sixth year as a South Carolina assistant.
"We are a close family here at South Carolina and I will draw my strength from God, my family and friends, our team, our staff and the fans. I am thankful for everyone's continued support."
McCray was the SEC's top player during her junior and senior seasons at Tennessee. She won a pair of Olympic gold medals and was a three-time WNBA All-Star choice in her nine pro seasons.