ESPN reporter Holly Rowe’s strength and courage was on full display Tuesday night as she worked as the courtside reporter for the Lynx-Sparks WNBA game in Los Angeles. But this wasn’t an ordinary game for Rowe.
She’s been battling breast cancer and Tuesday’s game was the first game she worked, as she put it, “topless.” By that, Rowe meant that she was working without a wig, showing off the effects of chemotherapy on TV for the first time.
Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve then made it a point to focus on Rowe’s public fight against cancer during an in-game interview.
“Holly, no matter what’s going on in the game, what’s more important is what’s going on with you,” Reeve said. “We are so proud of your strength and your fortitude and the way that you’re tackling breast cancer…We are so proud of you and we stand with you and we think you’re absolutely amazing.”
Rowe tried to ask another basketball question but Reeve quickly cut her off and said: “Nothing that we’re doing today is as important as what you’re doing.”
The Lynx won the game 77-74 to clinch a spot in the WNBA semifinals, and with three games to go in the regular season they have a one-game lead for L.A. for the best record (25-5).
This isn’t the first time Rowe has received support from the Lynx. Back in May, she tweeted that she received a nice medical care package from the team.