K-State to Host WBCA "Pink Zone" Game

Kelsey Hill (left) and Shalin Spani

Feb. 22, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball will take part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) “Pink Zone” during the Saturday, Feb. 26, Big 12 matchup against Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum. Also prior to the start of Saturday’s game, K-State will hold a pregame ceremony recognizing the Wildcats’ 800th victory.

On the floor for the third straight season, Kansas State will wear pink uniforms. The jerseys resemble K-State’s traditional home white uniforms, with the white replaced by pink. A pair of pink uniforms will be auctioned off in a silent auction on the Bramlage Coliseum concourse at the top of section 6. The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., and will conclude at halftime. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Kay Yow Fund.

During K-State’s “Pink Zone” event, the first 4,000 fans will receive a free pink K-State t-shirt provided by Mercy Regional Health Center, Briggs Auto and GTM Sportswear. Doors to the 7 p.m. game against the Cyclones will open at 6 p.m. Breast cancer survivors will be honored during the game. They will also greet the team in the pregame warm-ups, as the Wildcats run onto the floor. The first 100 survivors who register by e-mail wildcatfans@ksu.edu, by Friday at noon will receive a free ticket to the game.

All Wildcat fans are encouraged to log onto the official K-State Sports Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/kstatesports and change their official profile picture during the week to the K-State Pink Zone logo. Fans who participate will have an opportunity to win prizes each day leading up to the K-State Pink Zone game. The athletics department will select random fans during the week that have the K-State Pink Zone logo as their profile picture and are fans of the K-State Sports Facebook page. Prizes that can be won during the week include special pink zone items and team-autographed gear.

This is the fourth season K-State has taken part in this nationwide awareness event, and the seventh straight season K-State has had a breast cancer awareness game. The WBCA's "Pink Zone" initiative is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. This season 1,550 teams and organizations are taking part in the event.  The benefactor of this initiative is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, named for the legendary North Carolina State women’s basketball coach Kay Yow, who died of breast cancer in January of 2009.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for a special presentation honoring the team for the program’s 800th victory on Saturday at Nebraska. The presentation will feature a video history of K-State women’s basketball and the team will be presented with a special game ball and a commemorative plaque by K-State Director of Athletics John Currie and Assistant Athletic Director Stacy Martin.

K-State will be providing a special offer for Saturday night’s game, as fans can purchase two drinks and bottomless popcorn for just $8. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase pink concession items including pink kettle corn, pink slushies and pink cookies.

Saturday evening’s contest is part of a “Wildcat Weekend” as fans can show their men’s basketball ticket from the Missouri game and receive a general admission ticket for only $3. Tickets remain available online at www.k-statesports.com or by calling the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS. Ticket prices for this special game are as follows: $12 for chairbacks, $9 for bench, $8 general admission adult and $5 for general admission youth.