Furman's women's basketball helps in Alabama

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Furman forward Martha Robinson wasn't sure what to expect when several members of the school's women's basketball team volunteered last month to help tornado-ravaged Alabama.

Robinson said the group discovered a city in Tuscaloosa still needing cleanup and assistance more than two months after officials say more than 60 tornadoes struck the state and killed at least 240 people. Countless more lost homes, many which Robinson said were still in rubble through much of the city.

Robinson and two teammates, along with 3 of Furman's women's basketball staffers, took part in a mission trip this past June. They removed debris from a lot and worked in a warehouse where those in need of donated supplies came to pick them up.

The visit opened Robinson's eyes to the scope of devastation.

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