Women’s Basketball To Host Pink Zone Saturday
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In association with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone and its continuing mission of raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment, the UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will hold a Pink Zone game this coming Saturday when the Bulldogs welcome Big South Conference foe Presbyterian College to the Justice Center.
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“Our Pink Zone game is our way of bringing awareness to breast cancer and to help raise funds to find a cure,” said Asheville head coach Betsy Blose. “All the money we raise will go to the Kay Yow Foundation. Kay Yow was the legendary women's basketball coach at North Carolina State who lost her battle with breast cancer two years ago. We hope everyone can come out and support this great cause and watch your Bulldogs take on Presbyterian.”
The game will also be televised locally on WMYA-TV and will be broadcast throughout the Buncombe County area. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. between the two schools, with a pre-game show to be televised beginning at 1:30 p.m. Jack Connors and Scot Powell will describe the action.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and the first 200 people through the gates will receive a special pink water bottle for their attendance. There will also be pink ribbon cupcakes for sale with all proceeds going towards breast cancer awareness.
Pink t-shirts will be given away throughout the game and the person with the best pink outfit will automatically win a prize.
Additionally, Mission Hospital and Asheville Radiology will be on hand to hand out information about how to screen for breast cancer and the benefits of early detection.
This will be the second match up of the season between PC and Asheville, with the Blue Hose earning a 53-51 victory on their home court on Jan. 31. In that game the Bulldogs were led by sophomore guard Grace Blaylock who scored 12 points in defeat.
“We lost a close one at Presbyterian a few weeks ago,” added Blose. “They are one of the best defensive clubs in the Big South if not the best. We will have to do a better job executing offensively. We will have to match their intensity and do a better job of controlling the tempo.”
PC was led by Mariah Pietrowski, who posted 13 points in 28 minutes of action. The stingy PC defense held the Bulldogs to only 39.5 percent shooting in the game and out-rebounded Asheville 36-32.
Currently the Bulldogs are 10-12 overall with a 3-6 mark in conference play. PC is 7-15 and are also 3-6 in the Big South, but the Blue Hose hold the tiebreaker over Asheville with the victory earlier this season. With a victory the Bulldogs can move into a tie for fourth place in the Big South standings.
Asheville is coming off of a disappointing 77-73 loss to non-conference opponent Longwood University this past Tuesday evening. Lindsey Montgomery recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Blaylock scored 18 for the Blue & White as she tied her own record for 3-pointers in a game with six.
The Blue Hose enter the game having won their last contest, a 54-47 victory over non-conference foe Savannah State on Monday evening. Asheville native Karlee Taylor scored 15 points to go along with five boards, three assists and two steals to help lead PC to the win.