Yow burial service draws hundreds of mourners

February 2, 2009 6:22:50 AM PST
North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow has been laid to rest a week after her death following a long fight against cancer.Yow was buried Saturday in her hometown of Gibsonville, about 70 miles west of Raleigh.

The 66-year-old died one week ago after battling breast cancer for more than two decades.

Among about 300 mourners was the Wolfpack team and coaching staff. After the graveside service on a chilly and windy morning, the team boarded a bus for Sunday's game at Virginia Tech.

The Hall of Famer coached at nearby Elon for four years before taking over at N.C. State in 1975.

Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, but led the U.S. Olympic women's team to a gold medal the following season. The disease recurred during the 2004-05 season and lingered since.

Yow won 737 games in 38 years -- 34 at N.C. State. She won four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships, earned 20 NCAA tournament bids and reached the Final Four in 1998.


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