Feb. 4, 2013
Rice Women's Basketball hosts cross-town rival Houston on Feb. 10 at 12 p.m., as the Owls host National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Play 4 Kay and Fox Sports Net at Tudor Fieldhouse. The first 200 fans in attendance receive a pink Rice Basketball shirt in honor of Play 4 Kay.
Sunday, in honor of Girls and Women in Sports Day, the Owls recognize current female Rice varsity and club athletes. The 2012 Conference USA Champion Rice Soccer squad are to receive their rings during the game, and Rice Alumna Lynn Elsenhans, who participated on Rice's early women's basketball squads, is to be recognized during the game.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game, as it is Rice's "Play 4 Kay" game, which honors former N.C. State Women's Basketball coach Kay Yow, who passed away from breast cancer in 2009. Fans are encouraged to come early to receive one of the 200 pink Rice Basketball shirts.
In addition, the game is designated as Girl Scout Day.
The game is televised on FSN, with Bob Rathbun and Debbie Antonelli on the call. Tip time is 12 p.m., which is earlier than the typical 2 p.m. Sunday tip time.
Tickets for the game can be purchased here.
About Play 4 Kay
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, 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.
Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. With the creation of the Fund, Kay hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation's top doctors and medical experts to allow more and more cancer patients to have access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. Since the majority of these research projects are privately funded, these researchers desperately need support in order for them to continue to make strides in finding a cure for cancer.
About National Girls and Women in Sports Day
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.