BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU (14-5, 6-2) hosts Texas State (7-11, 4-3) on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CT in the annual Play4Kay game in E.A. Diddle Arena. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness and in recognition of the legacy of former NC State coach Kay Yow. The Lady Toppers will be wearing pink uniforms for the contest with the first 500 fans set to receive a pink rally towel.
The game will be televised by the Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network on ESPN3, ESPN Full Court and on WKU PBS in the Bowling Green, Ky. area. The game marks the final game for the Lady Toppers before reaching the mid-point of conference play. The Lady Toppers ride a three-game winning streak into the contest with Texas State, having won road games at ULM and Louisiana-Lafayette in addition to a home contest with UT Arlington Wednesday night.
In addition, a silent auction will be held beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT in the Hall of Champions to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Signed items from head coach Michelle Clark-Heard, Ray Harper, the 2013-14 Lady Toppers and WKU legend Crystal Kelly are among the items available for auction. The auction will close at the conclusion of halftime intermission of the men’s game that follows the Lady Topper game. Donation buckets will be passed around during the game to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007 from the vision of the organization's namesake Kay Yow, former NC State University head women's basketball coach. Coach Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 before succumbing to the disease on January 24, 2009. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved, and unifying people for a common cause. Coach Yow believed strongly that coaches share not only a community, but should also share in a cause much larger than the game. To date, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has supported more than $2.6 million in women's cancer research and related projects. For more information on the Kay Yow Cancer Fund or to make a donation, please visit www.Play4Kay.org.
Yow's coaching career spanned more than 38 years, including 34 with NC State. She had a record of 737-344, which encompassed 20 NCAA championship bids, a Women's Final Four appearance in 1998 and four ACC Tournament championships. She also coached the U.S. Olympic women's team to a gold medal in 1988 and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the inaugural NC State Hall of Fame in October, 2012. Yow won the inaugural Jimmy V ESPNY for Perseverance award in 2007.
The Lady Toppers learned more about Yow earlier this season when women’s basketball ambassador Debbie Antonelli visited the WKU campus to talk with the team.
Junior All-America candidate Chastity Gooch remains near the top of most Sun Belt Conference statistical rankings. Gooch is currently averaging 21.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest in league play. She is one of three players averaging double figures in league play for WKU. Sophomore Micah Jones is posting 12.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest. She is shooting 56.3 percent from behind the three-point arc and 49.1 percent from the field. Redshirt freshman Kendall Noble rounds out the Lady Toppers in double figures in league play at 11.0 points per game as she has converted on 46.6 percent of his shot attempts. She has piled up a team-best 29 assists in league play.
Single-game tickets for the remainder of the 2013-14 season are currently available for purchase by contacting the WKU Ticket Office. For more information, visit www.wkusports.com, call 1-800-5-BIG-RED or visit the ticket office in E.A. Diddle Arena.
Tickets for the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Sun Belt Basketball Tournament are also on sale through the WKU Ticket Office. Each ticket book contains eight tickets. There are a total of eight sessions, with sessions 1-6 including two games and session seven being the Women's Championship and session eight being the Men's Championship. The ticket price is $99 and seats are general admission.
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