Yow to miss third straight game

Updated: December 31, 2008, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow missed her third straight game Wednesday as she battles a recurrence of breast cancer.

The 66-year-old Hall of Fame coach, who was first diagnosed with it in 1987, had hoped to be on the bench for her team's 61-58 victory over Georgetown. But team spokesman Mark Kimmel said she decided about four hours before tipoff that she would be unable to coach.

Associate head coach Stephanie Glance -- who filled in for Yow two seasons ago when she missed 16 games to focus on her cancer treatment -- once again ran the team in the coach's absence. She may have to do it again Sunday against South Carolina, because school officials said Yow's status for that game likely wouldn't be determined until gameday.

"She stays really positive about everything, so we would like to mirror her example and stay really positive ourselves, and play really hard and represent her on the court as she deserves to be represented," Glance said. "All that she's ever asked from the team is to give their best, so I think that -- as a staff and a team -- that's what we've focused on. ... She's taught us well."

Sharnise Beal scored 23 points, Shayla Fields added 13 and the Wolfpack blew a 13-point second-half lead before rallying, hitting 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to clinch their third straight win without their ailing coach.

Yow stayed back at the hotel for last week's game at Columbia because cold temperatures in New York worsened her normally tolerable symptoms. Earlier this week, she sat out a home victory over Jacksonville State because of a low energy level.

Yow ranks as one of the game's winningest coaches with 737 career victories in 38 years. She has also coached the U.S. Olympic team to the gold medal in 1988, and earned four ACC tournament championships, 20 NCAA tournament bids and an appearance in the 1998 Final Four during 34 seasons at N.C. State.

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