02/17/2009

WVU women’s basketball team to host Pink Zone game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s women’s basketball team will raise breast cancer awareness when the Mountaineers host “Pink Zone” during their game against
the University of South Florida on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) began the WBCA Pink Zone™, formerly known as “Think Pink,” in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women’s basketball, on campuses and in communities.

Liz Repella, 10, and Sarah Miles, 5.

WVU is among more than 1,250 WBCA affiliated schools and organizations nationwide committed to participate in this year’s initiative.  More than 8,000 fans flocked to the Coliseum to watch the Mountaineers play a year ago, setting a Coliseum attendance record for women’s basketball.

“It was astounding, and we hope to build on our success this year,” said Mike Carey, WVU women’s basketball coach.  “We will also celebrate National Women in Sports Day at the Pink Zone game.  At halftime we will recognize Kittie Blakemore, the first WVU women’s basketball coach, for her service to women’s athletics.”

Blakemore started the women’s basketball program at WVU in 1974 and coached for 19 seasons.

Last year the Mountaineers honored Betty Puskar, the founder of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU, for her support of women’s athletics and her dedication to fighting breast cancer.

In keeping with the Pink Zone initiative, the Mountaineers will wear uniforms that prominently feature pink and are encouraging all fans to wear pink to the game.

“It’s a great event for the community and fans,” sophomore guard Sarah Miles said. “We hope as many people can make it as possible so we can fill the Coliseum with pink.”

The Dominion Post is scheduled to insert two free tickets to Pink Zone in every copy of the paper on Friday, Feb. 20. 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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