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January 28, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Washington going pink for legendary coach Kay Yow

BreastCancer.jpgWashington will wear pink uniforms for their matchup against Arizona on Thursday at Hec Ed. The move was made to honor legendary coach Kay Yow, who died on Saturday after a 22-year battle with breast cancer. Yow, who had already stepped down from her position at North Carolina State, was 66.
Huskies coach Tia Jackson knew of Yow when the former was an assistant coach at Duke from 2005-07.
“Just being able to have that wisdom around me,” Jackson said. “She kind of has that John Wooden aura about her from the women’s side. I was very fortunate just to be in her presence and steal a little bit from her.”
Jackson and assistant coach Fred Applin, who knew of Yow while at UNC-Chapel Hill (1988-93), would like to attend the Friday services for Yow, which will be broadcast online. But the Huskies have a game Saturday afternoon against Arizona State that forbids a quick trip back East.
Still, Yow’s most recent words to Jackson will never be forgotten — “You’re going to be great out there.”
“We’ll all be there in spirit for her,” said Jackson of the services. “When I first got the job here, just knowing that someone of her coaching expertise and caliber believed in me [was key]. It felt good just to know you have those people in your corner. It’s just unfortunate that for the success that’s awaiting the Huskies right now, I won’t be able to share it with her personally.”
Washington will wear the same pink uniforms for the WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative recognizing breast cancer awareness from Feb. 13-22.

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