Scott was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015 and underwent several rounds of treatment. However, the cancer apparently came back very aggressively in the past few weeks, per KWTX.
Scott started 76 games for the Lady Bears over a standout four-year career from 2002 to 2006. However, easily her best moment came in 2005, when she helped lead Baylor to its first women’s basketball national championship.
“She was one of my first recruits at Baylor, a dream and an integral part of that 2005 national championship team,” head coach Kim Mulkey told KWTX. “She’s just a joy to be around and the most positive person who is an unbelievable teammate and fighter.”
Scott averaged 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Lady Bears during her senior season. She added 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the six NCAA tournament games in 2005 en route to the national title.
That national championship helped set the tone for what soon became an elite Baylor women’s basketball program. The Lady Bears later won another national championship in 2012, and have remained nationally relevant ever since. For a university that was still reeling after a major men’s basketball scandal in 2005, Scott’s team helped change the perception of an entire athletic department.
After college, Scott had a stint for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA, and also played several years in Europe. Scott also worked as a performance coach for Chevron, per ESPN.
Several in the women’s basketball world took to Twitter after the news to express their condolences.
Have heard horrible news: former Baylor guard Chameka Scott of 2005 NCAA title team has passed away. Damn you, cancer. This just breaks my heart. Wonderful young woman who always inspired people and made them smile.
— Mechelle Voepel (@MechelleV) January 22, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the @BaylorWBB family as they mourn the loss of Chameka Scott from their 2005 National Championship team.
— Raegan Pebley (@RaeganPebleyTCU) January 22, 2018
So sad to hear about Chameka Scott. This was true 13 years ago and even more so now!
Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/p6YLKJNChQ
— Matt Rodgers (@TheMattRodgers) January 22, 2018
My prayers go out to the family of former Baylor star Chameka Scott. She had a great spirit and I enjoyed getting to know her. Rest in Heaven. 🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️
— Chamique Holdsclaw (@Chold1) January 22, 2018
— ESPN Women's Hoops (@ESPN_WomenHoop) January 22, 2018