Women’s basketball will “Pack the House” on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Head coach Jill Dunn
Head coach Jill Dunn
If it’s not enticing enough to witness the JU women’s basketball team putting its up-tempo style on display, then throw in a battle against first place East Tennessee State for the NCAA’s “Pack the House” competition.

The Dolphins (11-8, 7-3) will host the Lady Bucs (10-7, 8-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Swisher Gymnasium and are 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 Thursday evening,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “ETSU is a very talented team and we are trying to catch up with them in the conference standings. We are currently tied for second place and a win will bring us that much closer to them. 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."

Among the promotions for the game will be free pom-poms to the first 500 fans, a raffle for basketballs autographed by the JU women’s team, a raffle for Parent-Daughter Fan’s of the Game Court Side Seats, free giveaways on every seat and an autograph session with the team and Dunkin the Dolphin immediately after the game.

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 2009 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.