Kilpatrick believes Scott would have made it in the WNBA. "There's no doubt in my mind, because there are players that she played against who are in the WNBA who I think Dayna is better than."
"To hear some of the stories that some women go through and then some of them just want to go back to their abusers," Scott said "We try and persuade them that they don't have to live that type of life, give them hope to get back on their feet, convince them they don't have to be battered so they can be more independent."
She also has helped take care of relatives, including her mother, who uses a wheelchair because of rheumatoid arthritis. "I just try to stay busy all the time, so whatever I can do to help somebody, that's what I do," she said. "We never know what's going to happen to us in life, and we all hope that we would get the same from somebody else."
That carries over to the basketball court at Southern, where Scott teaches the girls lessons on and off the court. Kilpatrick "always tells the stories about me and what I accomplished," Scott said. "I just try to let them know that anything is possible and you can be as good as you want to be and just don't let anybody tell you you can't. If it's something you want to do, just go for it."
Echard, a junior, said Scott has inspired her and passed on her passion for the game.
"Some days I just want to quit and she's like, 'You can't do that.' She taught me to never give up and always try my hardest."
Kilpatrick has tried to persuade her to take a head coaching job, but Scott prefers to stick with her mentor.
"She has been great for my program," Kilpatrick said. "I think the girls need female role models. There's not a lot of us left. I'm so fortunate to have her here as a female role model, also an African-American role model for these girls and they do look up to her, because she can not only talk the game, she can play the game. She inspires them, and she wants the tradition of the program that she helped establish to continue."
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