02/10/2010

WVU women’s basketball team to host WBCA Pink Zone game

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Get in the Pink Zone when the West Virginia University women’s basketball team dedicates its game this Sunday, Feb. 14, to raising breast cancer awareness. The game between the No. 8 Mountaineers and No. 13 Georgetown (ESPN/USA Today) will be nationally televised on ESPNU at 1 p.m. 

In keeping with the Pink Zone initiative, the Mountaineers will wear uniforms that prominently feature pink and encourage all fans to wear pink. The first 3,000 fans will receive pink towels.  The WVU Team Shop in the Coliseum is also selling T-shirts for the game and will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU.

WVU Women's Basketball Players (left to right): Asya Bussie, Vanessa House, and Natalie Burton“We’ve had tremendous support from the community for this event the last two years with record crowds,” said Mike Carey, WVU women’s basketball coach.  “It’s a great event for our program.”

“Our Pink Zone game is a great way for fans to come out and take part in recognizing those that have fought or are fighting this disease,” junior guard Liz Repella said.  “It’s a wonderful event for our fans to take part in, and we encourage everyone that is coming to wear pink as a show of support.”

The Mountaineers will also celebrate National Women in Sports Day at the Pink Zone game.  At halftime, they will recognize Monongalia County native Jo Statler for her support and leadership of the WVU campus, state and local communities. In partnership with her husband Ben, she has supported WVU Athletics’ major capital projects, and the funding of a new gym at their alma mater, Clay Battelle High School.  Jo’s personal involvement, leadership and vision served to launch Bonnie’s Bus – an outreach program of WVU Hospitals and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center that provides mobile digital mammography services in the most remote areas of West Virginia.

WVU is among more than 1,250 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) schools and organizations nationwide committed to participate in this year’s initiative. The WBCA began the Pink Zone in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness on campuses and in communities with women’s basketball teams and their games.

The Dominion Post will put two free tickets to Pink Zone in every copy of the newspaper on Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets will also be available at the gate. Fans can go to
www.msnsportsnet.com/content/WBB-PinkZoneTicket.pdf to print a free ticket. 
 

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