POSTED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 8:41pm
Baton Rouge, La — Southern University was one of 32 winners in the NCAA Division I "Pack the House" Challenge. "Pack the House" is a national effort in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance.
NCAA Division I women's basketball marketing staffs selected a home game and designated that date as a "Pack the House" game with the goal of setting an attendance record. One winner from each of the 32 conferences and one from a group of independent institutions are chosen each year, with the selections being based on marketing plan creativity and attendance criteria. The NCAA will award prizes and donate $500 to the nonprofit organization of each winning institution's choice.
And with 153 institutions participating in the effort this year, attracting more than 431,000 fans, pack the house, they did.
Southern University hosted 1,243 fans at its women's basketball game on Jan. 28 against Alcorn State in the FG Clark Activity Center. The Jaguars defeated the Lady Braves 67-62. Southern has selected the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation to receive the $500 donation from the NCAA.
"We would first like to extend our sincere thanks to the NCAA for sponsoring this event. We also want to thank the GO TEAM, Chris Jones, Q-106 FM, the 6th Man club, Coach Roman Banks and all of the Jaguars who heard the slogan, "get in the game'" and came out to support."
"2012 proved to be a phenomenal year for Southern basketball and we can't wait to do it again next year."
Events at Army, Baylor, Canisius, Delaware, Georgia, Green Bay, Kansas State, Maryland Eastern Shore, Navy, Sacramento State and Stanford produced sell-out crowds. Sixty-nine programs surpassed their single-game attendance highs from last year.
"In the fifth year of this initiative, we are pleased to see the continued increase in attendance, excitement and exposure for our women's basketball programs," said Greg Christopher, chair of the Division I Women's Basketball Committee and director of athletics at Bowling Green State University.
"The year-in and year-out success of Pack the House is a direct tribute to the commitment level put forth by the personnel at each campus. These efforts continue to help grow the game."