High school players pause to honor Bryant, a champion of women's hoops

LOWER MERION, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Before the Lower Merion and Upper Darby girls basketball teams took the floor at Kobe Bryant Gymnasium on Tuesday night, both squads paused for a 33-second moment of silence to honor the NBA star who wore that number when he played for Lower Merion.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed with seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Southern California.

"I feel like he was just getting started, really, with helping women's basketball be more popular," Womack said. "Even though we feel that it was too soon, all the girls coming up who were supposed to see it saw it, and they'll be changed forever because of that."

The Lower Merion girls also wore a black band on their jerseys in remembrance of Bryant and his daughter.