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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:22 AM
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Kay Yow, Basketball Coach, Dies at 66
Source: NYT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State's Kay Yow, the Hall of Fame women's basketball coach who won more than 700 games while earning fans with her decades-long fight against breast cancer, died on Saturday. She was 66.

Yow, first diagnosed with the disease in 1987, died Saturday morning at WakeMed Cary Hospital after being admitted there last week, university spokeswoman Annabelle Myers said.

Yow won more than 700 games in a career filled with milestones. She coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1988, won four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids and reached the Final Four in 1998.

She also was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2002, while the school dedicated ''Kay Yow Court'' in Reynolds Coliseum in 2007.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/01/24/sports/AP-BK...



Another fighter gone because of cancer. She was one tough lady.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:44 AM
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1. This is devastating news. She was truly a great, courageous human being. Tears falling in Raleigh.
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:44 AM
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2. ESPN just did a piece about her.
As a long time Lady Vols fan - it brought tears to my eyes because I knew who Kay Yow was, and I had been following her story for years.

Pat Summit and Vivian Stringer are saddened just like I am.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:17 PM
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8. I saw Vivian Stringer pulled - kicking and screaming - from an argument with a referee...
by a player that just walked up behind her and kind of wrapped an arm around her neck and shoulders and dragged her backwards.

Probably the funniest thing I've seen on a court. Good coach, though.
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libnnc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:52 AM
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3. Oh no
I had heard that she'd gone back into the hospital

Sad, sad day in NC

:cry:
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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:09 PM
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4. That 1988 women's Olympic team was FOCUSED due to her.
I remembered seeing photos of the players wearing T-shirts with their motto:
"SOLE GOAL - SEOUL GOLD"

And one of the players on that team, Anne Donovan, coached the US women's team to the gold last summer.


Rest in Peace, Coach. You were one of the best for all time.

:toast: :toast: :toast:
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:28 PM
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5. RIP Coach Kay
:(
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:36 PM
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6. An old friend of my wife's played for her
I don't know much about Coach Yow but I am sure our friend just lost a huge part of her life.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:16 PM
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7. At ODU we had a world of respect for her as a person and a coach.
Here's hoping you get nothin' but net on the other side, Kay.

Tell Jimmy 'Hello'.
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