From pink whistles to pink warm-up shirts, Kay Yow was honored
at women's college basketball games around the country Saturday,
the day she was laid to rest.
Yow, the longtime North Carolina State coach, died last Saturday
after battling breast cancer for more than two decades. Pink is
commonly used by groups that try to raise awareness of the disease
and raise funds to help search for a cure.
Kansas and No. 11 Texas A&M wore pink shirts before their game
at College Station, Texas, and officials at the Rutgers-South
Florida, Oklahoma-Missouri, and Cincinnati-Notre Dame games all
used pink whistles.
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association issued a waiver this
week to allow teams to wear pink game jerseys, headbands, and
shooting shirts to honor Yow until Feb. 22.
N.C. State wore pink trimmed uniforms bearing the name "Yow"
on the back and pink shoes before its game on Thursday against
Boston College. The Wolfpack also had a pink heart with her last
name on it attached to their jerseys.
Teams had already been given permission to wear pink during the
week of Feb. 13-22 as part of "The Pink Zone" to help raise
awareness for breast cancer.
Yow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, yet went on to
lead the U.S. Olympic team to the gold medal the next year. She won
more than 700 games in her career and was inducted into the
Naismith Hall of Fame in 2002.
Yow was 66 when she died. She was buried Saturday in her
hometown of Gibsonville, about 70 miles west of N.C. State's campus