Jackie Stiles to coach women’s benefit basketball game in Coldwater

10/11/2012 2:45 PM

10/11/2012 2:46 PM

Kansas native Jackie Stiles, a basketball star at the college and pro level, will help coach a women’s benefit basketball game Oct. 26 at South Central High School in Coldwater.

The game starts at 7 p.m. and will include former college and Women’s National Basketball Association players.

This is the fourth year for the game, which benefits cancer screenings for women living in the southwest Kansas communities of Wilmore, Englewood, Protection, Ashland and Coldwater. The first three games have raised enough money to fund more than 700 screenings, organizers said.

Stiles is in her first year as an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University in California. She starred at Claflin High before setting the women’s career NCAA scoring record at Missouri State University and becoming the WNBA’s rookie of the year in 2001.

Marion Jones, a former WNBA player and track Olympian, is also scheduled to help coach.

Former college players participating this year include Wichita State’s Morgan Boyd; Kansas State’s Marlies Gipson, Emma Ostermann and Kayla Herd; and Kansas’ Sade Morris and Ivana Catic.

Former WNBA players Shanna Zolman and Helen Darling are scheduled to play in the game.

Tickets for the game are $30. They may be purchased by calling 620-635-2241 or go to the game’s website at www.wepacthehouse.org.

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