Yow becomes sixth D-I women's coach to reach 700

Updated: February 6, 2007, 1:20 AM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hall of Fame coach Kay Yow earned her 700th career win Monday night when she led North Carolina State to a 68-51 victory over Florida State.

Yow, who returned to the bench two weeks ago after two months away to fight breast cancer, became the sixth Division I women's coach to reach 700 wins. She has spent 32 of her 36 seasons as the Wolfpack's coach, averaging 20 victories per season at N.C. State. Her career record is 700-321.

AP Photo/North Carolina State UniversityYow, center, sings the school alma mater with associate head coach Stephanie Glance, right, and Gillian Goring, left, after the game.

"The players stepped onto the court tonight really ready to play. I'm really proud of the way they played," Yow said to an enthusiastic crowd moments after the win. "We just look forward to you coming out and supporting us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

The other women's coaches who have reached the 700-win mark are Tennessee's Pat Summitt, Texas' Jody Conradt, Rutgers' Vivian Stringer, North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell and former LSU coach Sue Gunter.

Gillian Goring led the Wolfpack (17-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Khadijah Whittington added 14 points and Marquetta Dickens finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

N.C. State -- which led 41-19 at the break -- shot 47.3 percent and hit 82.2 percent from the free throw line. The Wolfpack held Florida State to 36.7 percent shooting.

Britany Miller shot 10-of-18 and scored 22 points for Florida State (17-6, 6-2). Alicia Gladden added 11.

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