Veteran women's coach to miss two games

Updated: January 10, 2005, 11:18 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow will miss two games because of a recurrence of breast cancer, the school said Monday.

Yow -- who earned her 600th victory at the school in December -- coached in Sunday's loss to Clemson. She will miss Friday's game against North Carolina and next week's game against Virginia Tech.

She is expected to return to the bench against Miami on Jan. 20. Associate head coach Stephanie Glance will take over in the interim.

Yow was originally diagnosed with the disease in 1987. The school said Yow had a "limited tumor recurrence," which has been removed surgically and treated with radiation and daily hormone therapy.

Yow's doctors said the recurrence is unusual but not rare. It is often controlled by the treatments Yow will continue to receive, the school said. As a first phase, Yow will follow a program that modifies her diet over the next eight days.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Yow," athletic director Lee Fowler said. "We expect Coach Yow to resume her normal duties when she returns, and we look forward to her coaching many, many years with the Wolfpack."

Yow has a 665-303 career record in 34 seasons, including a 608-284 mark in 30 years at NC State. She is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and coached the 1988 U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal.

Yow is one of five Division I coaches with 600 wins at the same school, reaching that milestone when the Wolfpack beat Seton Hall 65-36 in December.

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