When Wichita State freshman Jazimen Gordon wanted to learn the fundamentals of basketball at an early age, she drew from as many sources as possible.
One source that has stuck with her through the years is legendary North Carolina State coach Kay Yow.
Now Gordon will be able to pay homage to Yow this afternoon when the Shockers play host to Missouri State for their Women's Basketball Coaches Association "Pink Zone" game to help support breast cancer awareness.
Players will wear pink shirts before the game and will wear pink shoelaces and sweat bands.
"I remember watching a whole documentary and she was talking about the game," Gordon said. "I just remember watching it on the TV and being amazed. It's just an honor to be able to play in honor of her."
Fans are encouraged to help raise awareness by wearing pink to the game in exchange for $5 tickets. The money raised will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Kay Yow Foundation.
"Women's basketball brings a lot of awareness and a lot of attention to a lot of different people," WSU coach Jody Adams said. "For our young women to be able to play for a cause, it's going to bring great attention to help stop this deadly disease."
The game opens a three-game homestand for the Shockers (13-11, 5-8 Missouri Valley), which will be crucial for seeding in the conference tournament. To avoid a play-in game and attain a sixth seed, a sweep is necessary.
WSU is a half-game behind Drake (6-8). But the Shockers are tied for the conference's best home mark at 10-3 this season.
"We love being in front of our Shocker fans," Adams said. "These guys like the energy in this building. Do I expect for the lights to come on and different things to happen? When it clicks, it clicks."