Habitat to build house in honor of Gunter

Updated: April 3, 2006, 10:13 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The NCAA and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association will build a Habitat for Humanity house that will be dedicated to the late Sue Gunter, former Hall of Fame and LSU basketball coach.

The house will be framed in Knoxville, Tenn., during the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction weekend on April 29. Final construction of the home will take place in Baton Rouge in May and June, in conjunction with a 14-home Habitat building blitz.

"We are pleased to partner with the NCAA and Habitat for Humanity to rebuild homes and lives in the Gulf Coast region," said Beth Bass, chief executive officer of the WBCA.

"Sue Gunter was a special member of the women's basketball family. It is only appropriate that we honor her memory in both Knoxville and Baton Rouge by providing a fresh start for a family in need," Bass said.

In addition, the WBCA and the NCAA have partnered to provide exclusive autographed basketballs for an online auction.

Four commemorative silver anniversary basketballs signed by the Women's Final Four coaches and one commemorative silver anniversary basketball signed by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball 25th Anniversary Team will be auctioned online.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Habitat for Humanity, International and the Boston Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Bids for the autographed basketballs are now being accepted online at http://auctions.ncaasports.com. The auction will close in June.


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