CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina women’s basketball concludes its two-game homestand hosting Wofford at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Ramsey Center as part of the Catamounts’ annual Play4Kay game. Fans are encouraged to wear pink in honor of former North Carolina State Head Coach Kay Yow and breast cancer awareness.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:
- Western Carolina and Wofford meet for the 52nd time on Saturday with the Catamounts leading the series 34-17. However, the Terriers have won four of the last six meetings. In the meeting in January, in Spartanburg, the Terriers defeated the Catamounts 91-65 scoring the second-most points in the two team’s history against WCU. Western Carolina is 17-6 at home against Wofford with the last home win coming almost two years to the day, Feb. 4, 2017, with the Catamounts defeating the Terriers 69-66.
- Western Carolina is on a four-game losing slide and is still searching for its first Southern Conference victory of the season. The Catamounts lone conference victory, for the 2017-18 season, came in the second meeting against Wofford - the same team WCU is facing for the second time on Saturday.
- Junior guard Judith Martin Ruiz is having a nice run as she has scored in double figures in five straight games. In the last five games, Martin Ruiz is averaging 13.6 points per game and is shooting 39.3 from the field.
- Western Carolina has hit at least one three-pointer in all 23 games this season including 12 in the win over USC Upstate on Dec. 4 - which tied for second in the WCU record books for three-pointers in a game.
- In conference only games freshman Jewel Smalls is averaging 13.9 points per game making her the highest-ranking active freshman in points per game in the SoCon ... Her overall 10.5 points per game rank her 14th in the SoCon which is the most by an active freshman in conference play - Wofford rookie Jackie Carman was averaging 13.2 points per game as of Jan. 12 but has missed five games due to injury.
WHAT IS PLAY4KAY?:
Uniting players, coaches, and fans to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court, the Play4Kay initiative is our largest fundraiser and plays a major role in our success.
The “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball began during the 2004-2005 basketball season when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred after being in remission for 17 years. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later Pink Zone, and most recently and finally, Play4Kay. Women’s basketball teams wore pink in honor of Coach Yow and those battling cancer. In 2007, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its Play4Kay initiative.
For the past eleven years, numerous sports, groups, and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play4Kay events allow members of the basketball community to play a part in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund simply by doing something they love, playing ball. Coach Yow wouldn’t have it any other way.