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24 January 2009

Flame Eternal

Kay Yow, legendary basketball coach and Delta Zeta sister, passed away after her courageous battle with cancer. She will be remembered by many and her inspiration to others will not be forgotten. She coached the 1988 Olympic team to a gold medal and was a highly successful coach 38 years, the last 34 spent at NC State. She was Delta Zeta Woman of the Year in 1987.

"During her 38-year, Hall of Fame coaching career, Yow won more than 700 NCAA games and an Olympic gold medal. She was one of only six women's basketball coaches to top 700 collegiate victories. Her teams won four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids and reached the Final Four in 1998.
Yow's greatest victories came off the hardwood, however, as she repeatedly beat back the cancer and shook off the pain of the disease and the medical treatments to lead her teams. For many fans, Yow was best defined by her unwavering resolve while fighting for her own life. She raised awareness and money for medical research and stayed with her team through much of the debilitating effects of the disease.
"Coaching lifts me up," she once said. "Once the ball is tossed up, I forget pretty much about everything and just focus on the game. If I just do nothing, I feel like I'm giving in to the disease.""


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