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Inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge Matchups Announced

Aug. 23, 1999

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Gazelle Group is pleased to announce the match-ups and times for the inaugural Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge women’s basketball tournament. Four of college basketball’s best teams — Connecticut, Old Dominion, Clemson and Kentucky — will face each other at the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge on November 24th and 26th, 1999 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Conn.

The match-ups are as follows:

Wednesday, November 24, 5:00 p.m. (EST) – Clemson (26-6) vs. Old Dominion (28-4) followed by Connecticut (29-5) vs. Kentucky (21-11).

Friday, November 26, 1:30 p.m. – Consolation game followed by championship game.

“The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and its members are proud to be a part of such a worthwhile and prestigious event as the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge. All four teams participating in this year’s event competed in last year’s NCAA Tournament, and are expected to have banner campaigns this season,” said WBCA Executive Director Beth Bass. “The women’s basketball community was recently humbled by the death of Kim Perrot (Houston Comets) who died after battling cancer. The WBCA itself has lost members to this dreadful disease, and I know our coaches feel strongly about helping in the search for a cure.”

The Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge will complement the men’s version of the tournament, the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic as the national launch of over 500 men’s and women’s college basketball coaches’ efforts in the fight against cancer. Coaches vs. Cancer is a partnership between the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society which was formed in 1994 to help raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use among America’s youth. To date, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised over 10 million dollars and proceeds from this event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Ticket information will be announced in the near future.

For more information about the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge or the Coaches vs. Cancer program, please visit or call Mike Flanigan at (609) 921-1300.