Coquese Washington On The Penn State Pink Zone

The Lady Lions take on Michigan Sunday for their annual Pink Zone game, raising money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

It has been a tough season to date for the Penn State women’s basketball program, as the Lady Lions carry a 6-10 record (1-4 B1G) into Sunday’s matchup with Michigan at the Jordan Center.

But the theme of the day for the 2 p.m. tip against the Wolverines (10-6, 2-3) will lend all the perspective that is needed for Coquese Washington's struggling program.

It is Penn State’s 10th annual Pink Zone game, as the Lady Lions continue to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. PSU began the now familiar tradition of wearing special pink uniforms in the first Pink Zone game — against Wisconsin back in 2007.

That first game raised $20,490, and 31 cancers survivors were in attendance.

A decade later, Penn State Pink Zone events have raised more than $1.375 million, including a record $310,000 in 2014. This year, more than 700 cancer survivors are expected to attend the game.

Money raised through Penn State Pink Zone events is used locally.

This year, Pink Zone's six beneficiaries include: Mount Nittany Medical Center; Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute; Kay Yow Cancer Fund; PA Breast Center Coalition; JC Blair Memorial Hospital and Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.

We caught up with Washington recently to talk about the Pink Zone.

Penn State Pink Zone Games

2/16/14 — vs. Wisconsin — W, 78-68

2/24/13 — vs. Michigan — W, 68-57

2/26/12 — vs. Minnesota — W, 74-57

2/27/11 — vs. Northwestern — W, 66-56

1/24/10 — vs. Illinois — W, 70-66

2/15/09 — vs. Iowa — L, 57-63

2/10/08 — vs. Iowa — L, 65-73

2/4/07 — vs. Wisconsin — W, 70-61


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