Yow’s scrappy Wolfpack faces another No. 1

The only team in the country this year to defeat Duke and North Carolina is facing another giant: Connecticut. The NCAA tournament game between the fourth-seeded Wolfpack and the No. 1 seed UConn tips off tonight at 9 p.m.

NC State coach Kay Yow continues her inspirational battle against stage-4 breast cancer. The News & Observer reports today the precautions she’s taking (you’ll just have to ignore the newspaper’s all-too-predictable decision to pump up John Edwards’ presidential campaign even here):

Angela Vaughan, a registered nurse, travels with the Wolfpack team, including to Fresno.

Yow’s oncologist Mark Graham sits on the sidelines with Vaughan during games. Here in Fresno, Graham also has made arrangements with a cancer facility just in case something goes awry with Yow’s health.

Graham made arrangements with Dinah Ibrahim, a fellow oncologist, and the California Cancer Clinic in Fresno, where Ibrahim works, to be on call should Yow need anything.

Don’t miss an opportunity to watch this NC State team and coach. Both draw inspiration from each other. Yow’s leadership amid the struggle for her life is … words fail. It’s indescribable.

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21 Responses to Yow’s scrappy Wolfpack faces another No. 1

  1. BJD95 03/24/2007 at 3:56 PM #

    The regional finals will be over and I’ll be watching.

  2. vtpackfan 03/24/2007 at 4:36 PM #

    Oh, I definitely be tuned in. This team rebounds the ball so well that we’ve got a shot against anyone. Best wishes to Coach Yow and congrat’s to the Lady WolfPack for reprensenting the university in a tremendous way. Go Pack!

  3. BJD95 03/24/2007 at 4:51 PM #

    There will also be HD coverage tonight on ESPN. We can watch in style!

  4. Anthony Grundy 03/24/2007 at 4:55 PM #

    About 15 years ago Kay Yow came and spoke to my high school during the half time of one of our high school basketball games. I have no idea why she would have come to speak to our tiny school, but she did. She was an inspiration speaker even then as she had fought of cancer once and maintained her faith in God. Life isn’t always fair, but it were, this would be her year…

    nc state grad 2000

  5. tractor57 03/24/2007 at 6:25 PM #

    I’ll be in front of the TV at 9.
    This team and this coach are special. Win or lose the courage and heart the team has already shown is amazing.
    Somehow the team picks up cues from the coach – the men did from Lowe and the women are from coach Yow.

  6. tractor57 03/24/2007 at 7:16 PM #

    I’m really bothered that the N&O would insert politics in their story about coach Yow. Bush league at the best – and I hope someone from the N&O is watching this site.

  7. beowolf 03/24/2007 at 7:36 PM #

    tractor, I really held back about that, but I found it highly offensive. But here, as it should have been there, the focus is on Yow.

  8. Spin Wolf 03/24/2007 at 7:48 PM #

    SFN – This is your playground and we’re all just guests, but my opinion is that political commentary is not needed, this ain’t the Packpride Brickyard. Whether you love or hate John Edwards, it’s a common news tactic to link local personalities which may be going through a similiar condition.

    Whether you agree with that assessment or not, offering a similiar guess in the SFN column is unneccesary, IMHO and takes away from the otherwise sterling sports analysis.


    “Political commentary is not needed”: that is precisely why I objected to the gratuitous mentions of Mrs. Edwards in the first place. — beowolf

  9. BJD95 03/24/2007 at 9:08 PM #

    PLEASE don’t make me shut this thread down. Pack by 1 at the half! I think the color man is Jimmy F-ing Dykes, though. What have we done to get that assclown every time out?

  10. tvp 03/24/2007 at 9:17 PM #

    More than that, where the hell was Jimmy Dykes before this year? I can’t recall him doing any games before he graced us with his insight at the Michigan game.

  11. WolfPup35 03/24/2007 at 9:17 PM #

    We get Jimmy F-ing Dykes because nobody respects us.

  12. WolfPup35 03/24/2007 at 9:25 PM #

    Dykes is like a super hero to the mentally challenged.
    Kinda like He-Man…..”By the power of numbskull, I am an IDIOT!!!!!”

  13. beowolf 03/24/2007 at 10:07 PM #

    Dammit. Shades of Julius Hodge on that phantom foul call.

    UConn is the other Carolina, I swear.

  14. #44 17 24 03/24/2007 at 10:15 PM #

    Another terrific season..very proud of Kay, and our team. It’s great to hear her talk of next year as well.

  15. beowolf 03/24/2007 at 10:26 PM #

    Why DO we keep getting Jimmy Dykes, anyway? And who the f^%# hired him, and for what reason? Does Vitale need an understudy for self-impressed, self-referential, bang-a-point-into-the-ground bozo-hood?


    Great season, Yow & co. Dammit, I wish y’all could’ve won it all.

  16. buttPACKer 03/24/2007 at 11:50 PM #

    Great run for the lady wolfpack, eventhough it ended a couple games too early. . . I pray Coach Yow will be back for another season.

  17. Rochester 03/25/2007 at 7:06 AM #

    First women’s game I watched all year. Whittington looked impressive. She has some moves that some of the men could use in the paint.

    Kay Yow must have been in a lot of pain. When they showed the bandages on her fingers and said her nails were falling off it really hit me what she’s going through and still somehow coaching her team. (Kind of grossed me out, too.) In Hollywood, we would have won the championship, but it was still a great season, and they lasted a couple of hours longer than Duke.

  18. Rick 03/25/2007 at 8:41 AM #

    I hope she gets better but I fear she will not.
    Her team fought as hard as they possibly could.
    You could tell how bad she was actually feeling and yet she was giving it her all. She is an example of what a person should be.

  19. aPACKadeez 03/25/2007 at 11:29 AM #

    To be honest, I’m not an avid women’s basketball fan. Matter of fact, I honestly hadn’t even looked to see how our ladies were doing until I heard about Coach Yow’s recurrence of cancer. And it wasn’t until recently that I had understood the ramifications of a “Stage 4” cancer. But I have been following our Lady Wolfpack this season, and I must say that Coach Yow is an inspiration to everyone, especially our players. I watched the entire game vs UCONN last nite, and it’s the first women’s game I’ve watched the whole way through. The way our ladies played, is the same way that Coach Yow has always battled. We were down by 8, pulled to within 2…back down by 7…back to within 2. We eventually lose, but I know in our (the Wolfpack nation) heart of hearts, we know that Coach Yow will take the lead against her foe, and win. What a university we have don’t we? Jimmy V, and now Kay Yow. Two basketball greats, with a never quit attitude. Coach Yow, thank you for inspiring our ladies to be quite the force to be reckoned with, and the Wolfpack faithful are here for what you need, and we are behind you ALL THE WAY!

  20. beowolf 03/25/2007 at 5:21 PM #

    This is from the N & O postgame article today (which is, incidentally, thankfully free of that “common news tactic” but sticks to reporting sports):

    The dream ended with Whittington speaking through tears about the life lessons the Pack had learned this season while playing basketball the best it could for Yow.

    “There were times, I felt like giving up. Then you seen coach and she nevers gives up,” Whittington said. “Through the ups and downs we still had our leader believing in us, caring for us and inspiring us. Never give up, that’s what I’ll take from this season.”

    State finished with 25 wins, 10 losses, and one experience no one making wolf ears with their fingers will soon forget.

    Yow won’t, but like any coach, she couldn’t stop her competitive side from rising to the surface, even after a tough loss.

    She still talked about setting up offseason conditioning programs and talking to her players to motivate them to not let this season fade but let it propel them on.

    She also found herself wiping away her own tears hearing Whittington speak.

    “That is what coaching is all about; it’s why I’ve been in the game over 40 years,” Yow said. “People are always talking about coaching basketball but I always thought of myself as coaching people. … Our staff’s cup runneth over that we could be a part of their lives.”

  21. wolfonthehill 03/26/2007 at 9:11 AM #

    At some point, talent beat heart… great finish to the season, ladies.

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