Pink bandanas and tee-shirts filled the Chase Athletic Center on February 21. The Bryant Women’s Basketball team hosted the annual Play 4 Kay Pink Out Game at 1p.m. This event was significant for two reasons: to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and for the Bulldogs to tie for first place in the North East Conference.
Last Saturday, fans supported breast cancer awareness by purchasing pink breast cancer awareness tee-shirts and pins. The proceeds went directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This is a “charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.” The women’s basketball team was able to raise approximately $300 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The $10 shirts are still available for purchase throughout the month of February. If you would like to buy one, please contact Haleigh Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bulldogs have had a terrific season so far. With an overall record of 20-7 and now tied for first in the conference, these women have far exceeded the preseason expectation of coming in sixth. The Pink Out Game on Saturday versus the Robert Morris Pioneers marked another win for the Bulldogs. Starters Breanna Rucker, Morgan Olander, Jenniqua Bailey, Ivory Bailey, and Tiersa Winder set the tempo early in the first half with their fierce defensive skills. The game was close until the dynamic duo of Breanna Rucker and Tiersa Winder changed the momentum with two crucial power plays with four minutes left in the first half. Rucker shocked the Pioneers with a steal and assist to Winder for the bucket. This duo was unstoppable with their power plays. Only minutes later, with two minutes left in the half, Winder stole the ball, attempted a shot, and Rucker finished with a successful rebound. The Bulldogs were up at halftime: 35-28.
Winder picked up right where she left off leading into the second half. Her two steals transitioned into two baskets and ignited an undeniable fire in Captain Jenniqua Bailey. Bailey’s 9 points and 7 assists were crucial to the 69-66 win for the Bulldogs.
This win against Robert Morris means that the team is in striking distance of taking sole possession of first place in the North East Conference. Freshman Kathleen Everson said, “It was a huge win for us because we are now tied for first place. It gives us the advantage of having a higher seed for playoffs and allows us to have a home game during the playoffs which is huge.”
The Bryant women’s basketball team’s next home game is Saturday, February 28 at 1p.m. against St. Francis Brooklyn. Be sure to come support the Bulldogs in their quest to claim first place in the North East Conference.