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Girls' basketball team plays well, needs more fan support

By Kaitlyn Dahle
On February 16, 2014

  • Jacob McClure

On Feb. 6, most people on campus probably didn't know that there was a college basketball game being played on campus, but a dismal number of people did.
At the beginning of the basketball season, when the girls overtook their competitors Shepherd University 116-82, the bleachers were packed full of happy, supportive fans.
The ETSU girls put up a great fight against Florida Gulf Coast, but with a finishing score of 70-45, Florida came out on top.
There was another girls' basketball home game on Feb. 8.
The girls played Stetson University in a game where both teams sported the color pink in support of the fight for breast cancer.
But even that didn't reel in a lot of fans, and the finishing score was 80-55, Stetson University.
The girls play well, and there are a few team members who are surprisingly short for basketball players, like the 5-foot, 3-inch Brianna McQueen and the 5-foot, 4-inch Jasmine Hotchkins.
Both lack height but make up for it in skill.
The Florida coach did a lot of screaming and shouting as the ETSU girls would steal away the ball, make a few points and challenge the Florida team to continuously fight.
The most disappointing thing about the girls' basketball games is that the number of fans that show up to the home games is just pathetic.
There are rows and rows of bleachers that go unfilled, despite being a free game to the more than 14,000 students who attend ETSU.
With the support that the girls had in their first game of the season, with the stadium packed with cheering students and fans, they went on to crush their opponent by a gap of almost 35 points.
The girls have two more home games, one on the Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. and one last home game on the Mar. 1 at 7 p.m.
Support from the fans is now crucial, for the team is now encroaching on the Atlantic Sun Championship games in mid-March.
If the girls earn a few more wins, they may have a chance in competing in these games.
But they need fans! Please come support the girls on Feb. 27 and Mar. 1, both home games at 7 p.m. The support from the fans really does make a difference.

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