TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010
Women’s hoops wins A-Sun’s “Pack the House” contest
The JU women’s basketball team picked up a second victory against UNF on Jan. 18 at Swisher Gymnasium as the Dolphins were named the A-Sun winner for the NCAA’s annual “Pack the House” contest.
The “Pack the House” contest is a national effort in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance. The NCAA women’s basketball marketing staffs select one winner from each of the 32 conferences as well as one from a group of independent institutions.
The winners will receive awards, while also having the NCAA donate $500 to a nonprofit organization of their choice.
The Dolphins won the honor after boasting a sellout crowd of 1,398 that enjoyed a pregame block party, free SunTrust River City Rumble T-Shirts and were part of a live regional broadcast on Comcast Sports Southeast that saw JU surge in overtime to down the UNF, 64-58.
“It’s a real honor to win the “Pack the House” competition for the conference,” said JU marketing and special projects coordinator Brian Freshley. “I hope that we can continue to build on the success of that game and have that environment all year long next season. The coaching staff and players put a lot of effort into every game and practice so this is the least we can do.”
In the game, the Dolphins had three players in double-figures to help JU secure its first overtime win since the 2001 season. Sophomore guard Ashanti Williams recorded a team-high 17 points off the bench, while senior forward Crystal Grable added 13 points and two blocks to round out the Dolphins in double-digits.
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