Boulder, CO (WLTX) -- Life suddenly forced Shelbretta Ball to call a time out, just as the clock began to run during her time as a Gamecock.

"One day I was walking to class and my heart just started fluttering," said Ball describing how she first found out something was wrong.

Three weeks into workouts at the University of South Carolina, Ball, of Jackson, Mississippi, was diagnosed with a heart condition called Myocardium Noncompaction, leaving her medically ineligible.

"Getting the news was like devastating, because I was just a hard worker and I wanted to make an impact on the program," said Ball.

Twelve hours from home, she wondered what her place would be, but Ball says God has other plans for her, ones that still allowed her to play a role on the team, even if it came in a different manner than she expected.

"I definitely believe in God and that once He closes one door he'll open another one, and five more and a window and a rooftop and a sunroof" she said.

Ball, now a sophomore, offers fans the inside track on what's happening with her team. Her online segment "Ballin' with Brett" follows the team on trips, in the lockers rooms and gives her a way to stay close to a game she loves.

She says she has received an overwhelming amount of support from her team, coaching staff, USC and the Gamecock Nation.
The team has worn uniform patches of her number inside a heart to honor Ball.

Teammate Ieasia Walker, a senior, changed her jersey number to Ball's number two as well.

"I've gotten great fan support, kinda unexpected. I didn't think anybody watched but after a game we sign autographs and people are like oh hey that's Ballin with Brett," said Ball, who is now considering a possible career in sports broadcasting.

She says her story is another example of the school's mantra of having no limits.

"It's been amazing, I love the school. Out of everything that's happened to me, I don't regret committing here."

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