By Andy Dawson
The Samford women’s basketball team took the court against UNC- Greensboro on Monday night wearing all pink. The Bulldogs took part in a national event called Play 4Kay, benefiting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for breast cancer awareness and fundraising.
Kay Yow was the women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University from 1975 to 2009. Yow passed away in 2009 after battling breast cancer since she was first diagnosed in 1987.
The women’ team was honored to participate in this event for another year.
“Obviously it’s a really big deal. It’s nationwide, and pretty much every Division I team has a Play 4Kay game,” redshirt junior Taylor Reece said.
“It’s just really fun to wear the pink jerseys, but it means so much because most everybody knows somebody that’s been affected by breast cancer. We all have friends and family that have had it, and we know survivors. It means a lot to our team. It means a lot to our program,” Reece said.
Not only was this Samford’s Play 4Kay game, but it was also an important SoCon game versus UNCG. The women picked up a convincing 88-66 win over the visiting Spartans. With the victory, the Bulldogs moved to 13-11 overall and 6-3 in SoCon play.
Samford was led in scoring by sophomore guard Hannah Nichols with 22 points. Destiney Elliott and Krista Stricklin each contributed 15 points for the Bulldogs.
Samford’s team defense had a great game forcing 16 turnovers. The ‘Dogs then capitalized on the offensive end, scoring 26 points off turnovers.
The team will travel to South Carolina this weekend for two more SoCon games. The Bulldogs will face Wofford on Saturday and Furman on Monday. With tournament seeding coming up, both games are critical for Samford to remain in the top four spots of the conference standings.