Point Park women's hoops game could get hairy

| Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 5:02 p.m.

If all goes well Friday night, Point Park women's basketball coach Tony Grenek will have a post-game date with a set of hair clippers.

The Pioneers host Daemen College for the school's “Play 4Kay” game to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, and if they meet their fundraising goal of $3,000, the seniors on the team will shave Grenek's head. The coach initially agreed to the head shaving in return for a win until his wife suggested he tie it to the fundraiser. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the CCAC-South Gym in West Mifflin.

“I had to ask my wife (if I could shave it), and she said didn't care. But the more we talked about it she said, ‘It's not about winning or losing the game, it's about the cause and what you're striving to do with raising money,' ” he said.

Last year's Pink Zone fundraiser for breast cancer wasn't nearly as successful as it could have been, Grenek admitted. It was his first year coaching the team and, unsure how the process worked, Grenek said the effort wasn't publicized. They raised only $33, and during the offseason he and Point Park athletic director Dan Swalga started working on ways to make the fundraiser more successful this year.

Through online donations, the team already has raised just over $1,000. The players have been selling baked goods this week, and all proceeds from the game, including ticket and merchandise sales, will go to the fund. The team also will be collecting donations throughout the game. To donate online, visit the Point Park women's basketball home page.

Point Park (18-4) beat Daemen (20-6) last season to win its first American Mideast Conference Tournament title and advance to the NAIA Division II Tournament. Daemen won the first matchup this season, and Grenek said they're looking forward to the rematch.

“You couldn't pick a better team to play (Friday) night,” he said.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kprice@tribweb.com.

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