Yow misses 4th straight game

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State women's basketball coach Kay Yow missed her fourth straight game Sunday as she battles a recurrence of breast cancer.

The 66-year-old Hall of Fame coach was first diagnosed with it in 1987. School officials said Yow's status for next week's game against No. 2 North Carolina probably won't be known until later this week.

The Wolfpack had won the first three games that Yow missed before falling to South Carolina 56-55 on a buzzer-beating layup by Demetress Adams.

"I'm proud of the team's focus [during Yow's absence]," said Wolfpack associate head coach Stephanie Glance, who has led the team while Yow has been out. "We are all in this together, the players and the staff. We've played with a lot of heart and played with energy."

Sharnise Beal, who scored 11 points, hit a layup off an inbounds pass with 4.3 seconds left to give the Wolfpack a 55-54 lead. But Adams took a long pass at half court and drove to the basket untouched, even though NC State had two fouls to give, for the Gamecocks (8-5).

Adams finished with 14 points.

Guard Shayla Fields said it hasn't been hard for the Wolfpack to focus on the game at hand during Yow's absence.

"We look at the next day. We don't think long-term or the future," Fields said. "We're taking it one day at a time, one step at a time."

Yow stayed back at the hotel for a game on Dec. 22 at Columbia because cold temperatures in New York worsened her normally tolerable symptoms. Her low energy level kept her out of home wins last week against Jacksonville State and Georgetown.