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    Northwestern Hosting Play4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness Game Sunday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Joe McKeown and the Wildcats will take part in the nation-wide Play4Kay breast cancer awareness event on Feb. 12.
    Joe McKeown and the Wildcats will take part in the nation-wide Play4Kay breast cancer awareness event on Feb. 12.

    Feb. 2, 2012

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    EVANSON, Ill. -- Northwestern women's basketball, in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will host its annual breast cancer awareness day, formally known as the Pink Zone, Sunday when the Wildcats take on Penn State at noon. This year, the initiative has been re-branded as "Play4Kay" in honor of the late NC State head coach, Kay Yow, who passed away in 2009 of breast cancer.

    The mission of the initiative, which was brought to life in 2007, is the same: a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. For more information on the nation-wide event, please click HERE.

    The event is especially near and dear to the heart of NU head coach Joe McKeown, a close friend of Yow's.

    "I was very fortunate to consider Kay Yow a great friend," McKeown said. "I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with her along with my wife, Laura, and I am still amazed at the impact she's had on so many lives. Being involved in a day that we can create more awareness in her memory is very special. What she has done for our game and also for our coaching profession will never be forgotten."

    The Wildcats will honor breast cancer survivors from Northwestern Memorial's Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and a cancer survivor will be performing the National Anthem. Additionally, there will be facts about breast cancer throughout the game and FREE t-shirts to fans arriving early. As always, the team will be showing their support for the event, sporting pink jerseys and accessories.

    "It is wonderful that college athletes are helping to raise breast cancer awareness," Nora Hansen, MD, Director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center-Northwestern Memorial Hospital said. "One in seven women will be diagnosed with the disease in their life. Early detection is the key and the more aware people are of the disease, the better."

    Other items for that day include:
    • Pregame Cheer Clinic (see PDF above)
    • Pregame National Girls and Women in Sport Day INFO
    • Free face-painting/balloon artist for all fans
    • Free poster-making station
    • Postgame autographs with women's basketball team
    • America's Best Frisbee Dogs at halftime

    For more information, please contact Heather Van Hoegarden at

    Northwestern (13-11, 3-8) vs. Penn State (19-5, 9-3)
    Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
    Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
    Evanston, Ill. • Noon CT
    Television: BTN (Dan Kelly, pbp; Stephanie White, color; Kara Lentz, sideline)
    Streamed Radio:
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern welcomes Penn State to Welsh-Ryan Arena Sunday for a showdown Sunday at high noon, which will be carried live on the Big Ten Network. Dan Kelly and Stephanie White will be on the call, with Kara Lentz on sideline patrol.

    The Lady Lions, ranked 18th in the nation, enter the contest with a 19-5, 9-3 record, with their most recent win coming in the form of a 69-54 triumph over Wisconsin. The Wildcats, meanwhile, look to return to their winning ways after two-straight road shortcomings.

    Up Next...
    Northwestern hits the road again next week, making the trek to Lincoln for its first meeting with Nebraska as a member of the Big Ten. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. Following that game, Wildcats remain on the road for a 6:30 tip Monday evening against Illinois. That game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network.

    Last Time Out...
    Junior Kendall Hackney scored a team-high 16 points and Tailor Jones added 13, but Michigan State defended its home court, posting a 72-58 win Thursday night at the Breslin Center. Northwestern (13-11, 3-8) led for most of the first half, but ultimately succumbed to a 52-percent second stanza shooting performance from the Spartans.

    Opponent Profile
    Penn State Lady Lions
    2011-12 Record: 19-5, 9-3
    Series History: Penn State, 29-7
    Last Meeting: Feb. 27, 2011, University Park, Penn State 66, Northwestern 56
    Of Note: The Wildcats are seeking their first win over the Lady Lions at Welsh-Ryan Arena since the 2007-08 season.

    Complete game notes can be found by clicking on the PDF above.


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