West Virginia Universitys womens basketball team will raise breast cancer awareness when the Mountaineers hostPink Zoneduring their game against the University of South Florida on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

The Womens Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) began the WBCA Pink Zone, formerly known asThink Pink,in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in womens basketball, on campuses and in communities.

WVU is among more than 1,250 WBCA affiliated schools and organizations nationwide committed to participate in this years initiative. More than 8,000 fans flocked to the Coliseum to watch the Mountaineers play a year ago, setting a Coliseum attendance record for womens basketball.

It was astounding, and we hope to build on our success this year,said Mike Carey, WVU womens basketball coach.We will also celebrate National Women in Sports Day at the Pink Zone game. At halftime we will recognize Kittie Blakemore, the first WVU womens basketball coach, for her service to womens athletics.

Blakemore started the womens basketball program at WVU in 1974 and coached for 19 seasons.

Last year the Mountaineers honored Betty Puskar, the founder of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU , for her support of womens athletics and her dedication to fighting breast cancer.

In keeping with the Pink Zone initiative, the Mountaineers will wear uniforms that prominently feature pink and are encouraging all fans to wear pink to the game.

Its a great event for the community and fans,sophomore guard Sarah Miles said.We hope as many people can make it as possible so we can fill the Coliseum with pink.

The Dominion Post is scheduled to insert two free tickets to Pink Zone in every copy of the paper on Friday, Feb. 20.