SPARTANS TO “THINK PINK” AS THEY TAKE ON PURDUE MONDAY NIGHT AT BRESLIN CENTER


The Michigan State women’s basketball team hosts first-place Purdue Monday night at the Breslin Center beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be a part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) “Think Pink” initiative, which is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Spartans will be wearing pink apparel to show their support for the cause, and breast cancer survivors will be honored at halftime.

The WBCA began “Think Pink” in 2007, and more than 120 schools unified for the effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. This year, more than 900 teams are participating during WBCA’s “Think Pink” week, scheduled for Feb. 8-17.

Think Pink t-shirts will be on sale at the game for $15, and $5 goes right back to the Greater Lansing Komen Foundation. Fans that have already purchased a t-shirt can get in free to the game by wearing their Think Pink t-shirt. In addition, the first 1,000 fans will get a free Think Pink water bottle.

For the second straight game, Michigan State (13-11, 5-7 Big Ten) will take on one of the leaders in the conference standings. On Thursday, MSU fell at Iowa, 82-64, as the Hawkeyes improved to 9-3 in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers, after struggling in the non-conference season, are also 9-3 in the league after edging No. 19 Ohio State, 68-67, at Mackey Arena on Thursday. Purdue has four in a row and six of its last seven games.