Yow Receives Special Honor

RALEIGH, N.C. – Following today's approval by the University Board of Trustees, NC State University will name the Reynolds Coliseum basketball court in honor of Kay Yow tonight. The surface will be christened "Kay Yow Court" prior to the Wolfpack's game against second-ranked North Carolina, which tips off at 7 pm.

In her 32 years at the helm of the Wolfpack Women's program, Yow has guided her teams to 644 victories. For her career, she has posted a 701-322 mark.

"No one in the history of NC State athletics has brought more honor to this university than Kay Yow," said Chancellor James L. Oblinger. "She is truly deserving of this recognition."

"This is a unique and fitting tribute," added Director of Athletics Lee Fowler. "We are proud to be able to commemorate all of the success she has enjoyed and the years of hard work she has put in by naming the court in her honor."

Yow was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 27, 2002, alongside Earvin "Magic" Johnson, coaches Larry Brown and Lute Olson, and the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.

Yow's Wolfpack teams have advanced to 19 of the 25 NCAA Tournaments, a mark which ranks 10th among active Division I coaches. She directed NC State to the 1998 final four and to 10 "Sweet 16" appearances.

Entering this season, Yow had averaged 20 wins a year with the Wolfpack Women and on February 5, she became just the sixth Division I women's basketball coach to earn 700 career victories. Her career mark now stands at 701-322 in 36 seasons on the sidelines, including a 644-303 slate with NC State.

This season has been a particularly tough one for Yow and the program. The Wolfpack's mentor was forced to take a leave of absence in November after her doctor detected a progression of her breast cancer. Yow missed 16 games before announcing her comeback on January 22.

Yow was the coach of the women's gold medal team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul Korea. In 2002, she was named the "Person of the Year" for the state of North Carolina by the Raleigh News & Observer for her many contributions as an educator and coach.

Yow recorded her first win at NC State in Reynolds on January 10, 1976, a 68-64 win over Charleston.

Ceremonies are expected to take place around 6:45 pm, immediately following the Senior Night presentation.


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