This afternoon's Big South Conference matchup with visiting High Point is big to coach Bud Childers because it's the Eagles' next game, it's a league game and it's a home game.
But it's also a very special game because the cause the team is promoting is very close to his heart.
Winthrop will be part of the nationwide "Think Pink" campaign, which is an effort by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to assist in raising breast cancer awareness.
"I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1976 and I lost a favorite aunt," Childers said. "Back then, it was a whole different ballgame. So much more can be done now if it's detected early.
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"(N.C. State coach) Kay Yow has become the symbol for the coaches association involvement as she continues to coach, be a leader and fight the disease."
Winthrop players will wear pink shoelaces, wristbands and headbands. Staff members will be clad in pink tennis shoes and officials will use pink whistles. Donations for the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation will be collected.
The Eagles come into today's game, televised on SportSouth, tied with the Panthers and Radford, the preseason No. 1 pick for third place in the BSC standings. All have 4-3 league records.
"That speaks to the league," Childers said. "Liberty (7-0) has separated itself from the rest of the league right now, but everybody else is ... who can make any sense of it?
"Radford beats us, and then loses to High Point, a team we had beaten. We've beat Charleston Southern twice, but they beat Radford. That tells me you better be ready to play every night."
The Eagles beat the Panthers 68-67 in High Point on Jan. 23 when junior Tiffany Rodd hit a 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds left. The Eagles then made the defensive stops needed to win.
Childers expects Panthers coach Tooey Loy will have the young and quick Panthers follow the same game plan they used in the first meeting.
"They love to take the ball to the basket," Childers said. "They'll try to beat us off the dribble and drive against us hard."
Winthrop is coming off what Childers calls arguably the best game one of his teams has played.
"We were very balanced in all aspects from the beginning," he said. "If it hadn't been for a couple of silly turnovers it would have been ... I won't say perfect, it wouldn't have been a perfect game, but it came close."
The Eagles shot 59 percent from the floor -- 41 percent from behind the 3-point arc -- while holding the Lady Buccaneers to 33 percent and 20 percent. Winthrop held a 39-24 rebounding edge and blocked five shots.
They got 23 points from Rodd, who had been off the previous four games after scoring a career-high 27 in the first game against CSU. Ashley Fann added 15, while junior college transfer Jennifer Walker had a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
"It was good to see that Tiff was able to get a little space," Childers said. "Jennifer made a couple of inside power moves early that said, 'I'm ready to play.'''