January 27, 2013

Women's Basketball To "Play 4Kay" On Wednesday Night Against WPI

Lyons encourage fans to wear pink against Engineers 

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team will "Play 4Kay" on Wednesday, January 30 against Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Emerson Gymnasium at 7 p.m. to help raise money in the fight against women's cancers. The Lyons, along with the College Against Cancer organization, will accept donations at the game versus the Engineers. 

Fans who cannot attend Wednesday night's contest can donate online by visiting the following website here: Wheaton College Lyons Play 4Kay Site.

The women's basketball team encourages all fans in attendance to wear pink in recognition of the event. The Lyons also will decorate Emerson Gymnasium in pink. 

Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. With the creation of the Fund, Kay hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation's top doctors and medical experts to allow more and more cancer patients to have access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. To date, the Fund has raised over $7 million in support of women's cancer research. 

Wheaton (7-12, 4-8 NEWMAC) hosts WPI (11-7, 7-5 NEWMAC) for its second meeting this season. In their first encounter, the Lyons defeated the Engineers, 53-39, on December 4, 2012 in Worcester, Mass. Junior guard Melissa McLaughlin (Spindale, N.C./R-S Central) scored a career-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field to lead Wheaton in the victory.

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