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Published January 23, 2011, 10:30 AM

Bison basketball player back on the court after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - Hannah Linz played basketball for NDSU last season as a much heralded true freshman, but as the season went on, her productivity, along with her energy level, declined. No one knew why. Then, a month after the season, Linz was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. As WDAY 6’s Trevor Peterson tells us, Linz is proving she's a fighter.

“I never thought cancer kills people, never thought I was going to die. I always thought I'd beat cancer and be back.”

After undergoing two treatments a month for six months, Hannah Linz returned to the court in November, instead of taking the year off from basketball.

Linz: “Once I started getting back in condition, I noticed, wow, this is a lot better than last year. It's pretty crazy to think I'm back on the court again after just 6 months to treatments. Pretty cool.”

Carolyn DeHoff: “Most kids, I think, take the year off, and don't even try to come back that year. She’s been playing 30 minutes a game!

But she's still nowhere at times; Linz still finds it hard to breathe and has to take herself out.

Linz: “I still have the mass in my chest, it's just not cancerous.”

Janae Burich: “Just the fact she's playing 20-30 minutes a game is unreal. She's really kicked cancer in the butt.”

Linz: “I always thought I'd come back eventually and be able to play again.”

Hannah Linz, surprising everyone, except maybe herself this season. Linz is averaging 7 points a game as a sophomore, including a career-high 17 just two weeks ago.