Cary names basketball court after Coach Yow

Posted November 14, 2009 12:32 p.m. EST

— Months after her death, North Carolina State University women's basketball Coach Kay Yow gained another honor – a basketball court in Cary named after her.

Town officials unveiled a logo saying "Coach Kay Yow Court" on the floor of the gym at the Herbert C. Young Community Center during a dedication ceremony Saturday.

Before the dedication ceremony, N.C. State alumna Jenny Palmateer led a basketball clinic for 125 girls between ages 8 and 16.

Last December, Yow served as the official tree-lighter for Cary, and town councilors surprised her by announcing that the court would be named after her. It was less than two months before Yow died of breast cancer at age 66.

Yow lived and attended church in Cary while coaching the N.C. State women to four Atlantic Coast Conference championships, 20 NCAA tournament bids and a Final Four berth between 1975 and 2009.

Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and battled three recurrences of it. In the years after her diagnosis, she coached the U.S. women's team to victory in the 1998 Olympics and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.