The University of Louisville women’s basketball program has announced that two ‘color’ events and honoring a pair of former standout letterwinners are among the promotions for the Cardinals’ final three regular-season home games in the KFC Yum! Center.
Louisville’s upcoming Big Monday game against No. 22 South Florida has been deemed a ‘Red Out,’ with fans encouraged to wear red for the ESPN2 broadcast on Feb. 15. The two programs have met 31 times since 1992, and the Cardinals boast a 27-4 series advantage. Last year, Louisville posted a 60-52 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Tampa, Fla.
The Cardinals’ following game, Thursday at 7 p.m. at home against Virginia, will be a ‘Pink Out’ and is set as the Play4Kay contest. Louisville will wear pink accessories for the Feb. 18 game in promoting breast cancer awareness and celebrating the life of former NC State women’s basketball head coach Kay Yow.
Play 4Kay unites a nation of coaches and players for a greater cause – raising awareness and funds in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. During the 2015 ESPY’s, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund announced a multi-year $1.25 million grant to The V Foundation in support of women’s cancer research initiatives. This grant continues the legacy of Yow and will fund an ovarian cancer research project at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.
The Cardinals conclude the regular season on Feb. 28, when they play host to Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. At halftime, UofL Athletic Hall of Fame members Joan Dunaway Burks and Jackie Spencer will have their jerseys honored.
Dunaway Burks lettered at UofL from 1977-81 and helped the Cardinals to Metro Conference Tournament championships in 1980 and 1981. Only the second player in program history to achieve 1,000 points, she currently ranks 17th all-time in scoring with 1,185 points. The Louisville native finished her career with 356 assists, leading the team in the category for three seasons, and totaled 173 steals.
Spencer lettered from 1981-85 and earned first team all-Metro honors during her junior and senior seasons. She led the Cardinals to three Metro Conference Tournament titles (1981, 1983, and 1984) and the regular season championship in 1984. Spencer, who is ninth all-time in scoring at 1,443 points, ranks sixth in field goals (614) and steals (255), and eighth in assists (463). She is the only player in UofL history to record a quadruple-double, with 14 points, 14 assists, 10 steals and 12 rebounds against Cincinnati on Feb. 2, 1985.