Herd to promote CancerCare

ADAM WAZNY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

The Manitoba Bisons women's basketball team is using its exhibition tournament to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

The Herd's second game of the Garbonzo's Invitational Tournament (Oct. 13, against Toronto, 6:15 p.m.) at the Investors Group Athletic Centre will be 'Pack the Place Pink Night.' The Herd are selling pink and brown T-shirts and proceeds (plus ticket sales to the game) will go directly to CancerCare Manitoba.

"Our goal is to get a minimum of a thousand people in the stands," said Bisons head coach Pam Danis. "Our sport in particular has been hit by breast cancer. There's a current coach from McMaster University who's going through it right now, we have one of our coaches in Kathy Shields (former longtime coach of Victoria) who has gone through it --and many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another."

A part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Danis said all of the members across the country have committed to holding events to recognize those affected by breast cancer and support breast cancer research.

MORE B-BALL: Former Winnipeg Wesmen basketball star Uzo Asagwara was recently named to the Team Canada's final roster women's national team. Asagwara is now in Valdivia, Chile, as the Canadians compete at the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualification tournament, which starts today and runs until the end of the month.

MOVING UP: The Bisons football team has been recognized as one of the top three clubs by the Canadian Interuniversity Sport governing body yesterday.

Thanks to its 15-10 victory over Saskatchewan Saturday, the Herd moves up a spot (from No. 4 to No. 3), while the Huskies fall three spots (two to five). Laval and Ottawa occupy the first and second spots of the weekly ranking. Tenth-ranked Regina is the only other Canada West school in the Top 10.

Manitoba (4-0) next sees action Oct. 6 in Alberta.

NOTE: The Wesmen men's volleyball team is the only university squad in action locally this weekend, hosting Regina for a pair of exhibition matches Friday and Saturday (both start at 7 p.m.).


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