Feb. 12, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s basketball team will raise awareness for breast cancer research when it hosts Western Kentucky University in this season’s Play 4Kay Game on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. at the FAU Arena, 777 Glades Road on the Boca Raton campus.
FAU players will wear special pink uniforms and local breast cancer survivors will be admitted free to the game. A game ball will be presented at tipoff to Dr. Kathy Schilling, medical director of the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. She is an internationally renowned radiologist and pioneering researcher in the field of women's breast imaging.
Play 4Kay t-shirts will be sold at the game, with proceeds supporting the health and wellness institute and Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The annual game is organized each February by members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Yow was the legendary women's basketball coach at North Carolina State University. Her third recurrence of breast cancer in 2006 was the catalyst to the WBCA Pink Zone, before passing away on January 24, 2009. Yow, along with the WBCA and The Jimmy V Foundation, has united thousands in the fight against women's cancer and since then, the movement continues to grow and change lives.
The Owls are coming off a 59-56 road win at the University of South Alabama on Saturday, February 9. Senior guard Breana Turner made two free throws with 9.9 seconds left to provide the three-point advantage. Then, the team successfully defended a game-tying three-point field goal attempt in the final seconds.
Turner scored 13 points in the victory and ranks second on the team by averaging 12.3 points per game on the season. The New Orleans native has become the 11th player in program history to score 900 career points, and is this week’s FAU Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week Award winner.
Meanwhile, junior forward Chenise Miller leads the team in scoring (13 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg), and junior guard Takia Brooks rounds out the double-digit scorers (10.9 ppg) after scoring 13 points at South Alabama on Saturday.
The Owls stand 8-7 in Sun Belt Conference play and has an 11-12 record overall. The team has won four of its six home conference games, and looks to split the season series with Western Kentucky after losing 86-68 in Bowling Green, Kentucky on January 12. The Owls have won the last two meetings between the two teams in Boca Raton, including last year’s thrilling 60-58 victory when former FAU forward April Goins hit two free throws in the final seconds.
Wednesday night’s game will be a matchup of two of the SBC’s highest scoring teams. WKU ranks second in the league by averaging 70.7 points per game, slightly higher than FAU’s 70-point average.
The Hilltoppers bring in a 17-6 record, including a 10-4 SBC mark, for first-year coach Michelle Clark-Heard. They are coming off a 78-74 home loss to Arkansas State University on Saturday. The team is led by sophomore guard Alexis Govan (19.7 ppg), sophomore forward Chastitiy Gooch (17.1 ppg/11.6 rpg) and junior guard Bianca McGee (14.5 ppg).
The game will be televised on ESPN3.com. Live audio and statistics will be available here. Tickets for remaining three home games are available by contacting the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.