Women's basketball will "Pack the House"on Monday at 1p.m.

Jan. 23, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - If it's not enticing enough to witness the JU women's basketball team dismantle record books in the same fashion as Artis Gilmore and the 1969-70 squad, then throw in a battle for first place against East Tennessee State for the NCAA's "Pack the House" competition.

The Dolphins (15-3, 5-0) will host the Lady Bucs (8-10, 4-1) on Monday at 1 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium and expecting the largest crowd in program history. As part of the event, JU has invited local elementary and middle schools, women's clubs, retirement communities, businesses and other organizations to set a new program record for attendance and compete against other schools across the nation.

"I would like to personally invite everybody to come out and support us on Monday afternoon," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "ETSU is a very talented team and we are trying to stay undefeated in the conference. We are also trying to push our home winning streak to 18 games and give us a chance for the longest streak in the country. This is going to be a huge game for our women's basketball program as well as Jacksonville University and we could certainly use the support."

Along with its 17-game home winning streak, JU is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak and have received a vote it the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Poll for the third straight week. The Dolphins are also 18-1 at home since the beginning of the 2006-07 season (including 11 consecutive home wins against A-Sun opponents), while also winning 13 consecutive A-Sun games, seven consecutive conference road games and six consecutive road games.

The NCAA "Pack the House" competition was designed to help grow the sport of women's basketball and build upon the already existing fan base. The challenge of the event is for each participating school to set an attendance record.

NCAA member schools will compete against schools in their own conference as well as all Division I schools for a chance to be the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball "Pack the House Challenge" Champion.

The NCAA will select thirty-two winning institutions (one from each of the 31 Division I conferences and one independent) based on creative marketing strategies, and sellouts or the largest percentage increase from the previous year's single-game record attendance. The marketing staffs of the winnings school will receive various prizes and the NCAA will make a donation to a non-profit organization on behalf of the 32 winners. Additionally, one grand prize winner will be selected from the pool of 32 winners.