Pink Zone

UML River Hawks basketball teams participate in Pink Zone on 2.19.11.

All Proceeds to Benefit Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund

LOWELL – For the fourth straight year, the UMass Lowell women’s and men’s basketball teams will take part in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) Pink Zone, a nationwide effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research, with Saturday’s Northeast-10 Conference games against Saint Anselm College (2:00/4:00).

The University is one of more than 600 colleges and universities to take part in the four-year-old initiative.

All proceeds from the game will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, named after the former North Carolina State women’s coach who lost her life to cancer in January of 2009.

Throughout the week, the women’s team will be selling pink River Hawks for a $1 donation.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under and senior citizens. Students are admitted free with valid identification. Those wearing pink will receive $1 off admission as well as entry to win a prize in one of the many giveaways throughout the games.

Free UMass Lowell pink t-shirts will be presented to the first 50 fans.

Highlighting the promotions is the raffle of two tickets to the Wiz Khalifa concert at the Tsongas Center Tuesday, May 3.

Both the UMass Lowell women and men will wear pink warm-up t-shirts leading up to the games. Fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink in support of the WBCA’s breast cancer initiative.

The UMass Lowell women (9-14, 8-11 in the NE-10) look for their fourth straight win following Saturday’s 74-61 victory at Merrimack and last Tuesday’s 92-87 overtime triumph over Southern New Hampshire. UMass Lowell prevailed in the first meeting with the Hawks this season, 55-53, in Manchester, N.H.

The River Hawk men (16-7, 12-7 NE-10) have won two straight and six of their last seven games, including Saturday’s clash at Merrimack, 70-60, and last Tuesday’s 67-63 win over Southern New Hampshire.

Saint Anselm won the first meeting, 89-67, in Manchester, N.H.