Feb. 16, 2010
DeKALB - Prepare for pink.
The Northern Illinois women's basketball team, in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, will join over 1,200 other teams this year in helping to raise breast cancer awareness with its annual Pink Zone game, Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.
The Huskies host Mid-American Conference frontrunner Toledo in a game that will help Pink Zone's mission of raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
Fans flaunting pink attire can purchase lower bowl tickets for the Saturday showdown for just two dollars. Huskie faithful lacking pink in their wardrobe can pick up free NIU Pink Zone t-shirts while supplies last.
Breast cancer survivors will also be recognized during the game. The proceeds of the day's 50-50 raffle will benefit Colleges Against Cancer, a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society.
The Huskies themselves will don their special pink uniforms for the second time. NIU lost a tough 72-68 decision to the Rockets during the outfit's debut at last year's Pink Zone game.
The NIU women's basketball team will also once again participate in its Free Throw-a-Thon. Each Huskie will shoot 100 free throws to raise money for the WBCA/Kay Yow Cancer Fund. NIU supporters can pledge any amount to each free throw made by a particular player, or the entire team. To make a pledge, contact Director of Basketball Operations Cecelia Bolles at (815) 753-0586.
NIU enters Saturday's game with a 9-15 overall record, and a 3-9 mark in MAC play. The Rockets are currently the top team in the league with a 10-2 record in conference games and are 20-5 overall. The teams met in Toledo earlier this year, where the Rockets forced a late turnover and transition bucket to escape with a 71-66 win.