Feb. 23, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - - Prior to last Saturday's Washington State-Washington women's basketball game, WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell announced that she will donate $1,000 to a charity if 1,000 or more people attended the game.
The fans did their part as 1,360 people attended Saturday's contest, marking the largest audience to witness a WSU home game in 11 years.
With the large turnout, the beneficiary of Murrell's offer will be the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, a local organization also known as the Bosom Buddies. Nancy Wexler, the group's treasurer and breast cancer survivor, accepted a check of $1,000 from Murrell, Monday.
"I chose Bosom Buddies because of the positive influence it has on the lives of people affected by breast cancer," Murrell said. "I personally know how it helped Nancy Wexler, a fifth generation Pullman resident and a staunch Cougar supporter. I hope the donation can help others like her here in Pullman."
The Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse was founded in March 1995, by Roberta McFadden and Darlene Ames. Its mission is to support and enhance the well-being of any woman or man with a personal history of breast cancer and educate the community about this illness and its possible treatments. The group participates in different projects to educate the community about breast cancer, its treatments and the challenges of life after breast cancer. The local group also produces a resource guide and it is available at hospitals and local doctors' offices throughout the Palouse region.
Saturday's attendance figure was the largest audience to witness a WSU home game since March 13, 1993 when 1,458 fans saw the Cougars play Washington.
The Cougars return to action for their final two home games of the season this week. WSU faces Arizona, Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and Arizona State, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Both games are at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum.
Prior to Thursday's game, the team will conduct a clinic for anyone interested in basketball within the ages of 5-19. Cost is $5 per individual with registration at 3:30 p.m. and the clinic taking place from 4-5 p.m. Instructors include Murrell and members of the women's basketball team. A player autograph session will follow. For more information contact Linda Rubenthaler at the women's basketball office (509-335-0276).