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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

January 24, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Legendary coach Kay Yow dies

Yow.jpgPlease take a moment to remember North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, who died today after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 66.
Yow (pictured right by the Associated Press) was instrumental in forming the women’s game. She won more than 700 games and coached the gold-medal winning 1988 U.S. Olympic team that featured former Storm coach Anne Donovan.
During her tenure in Seattle, Donovan fondly spoke of Yow and the coach’s influence as a person and player. Yow will be missed.
UPDATE: Here’s a release from USA Basketball about Yow.
USA Basketball is mourning the loss today of Kay Yow, a friend, coach, mentor, leader and pioneer in women’s basketball. Her accomplishments were many within the USA Basketball family. As a member of seven USA Basketball staffs over a 10-year span, the pinnacle of her USA career came when she led the 1986 USA World Championship and 1988 U.S. Olympic Teams to gold medals. Kay has been an inspiration both on and off the court throughout her storied career. However, it has been during her struggles with cancer that Kay has inspired us most. All of us in the USA Basketball family will miss her wonderful smile, personality and strength of character.

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