Thunderbird Basketball Teams Kick Off 2014 Season

Published: November 20, 2014 | Author: Bailey Bowthorpe | Read Time: 2 minutes

Thunderbird fans are invited to flock to the Centrum Arena this weekend to cheer on the men and women’s basketball teams as both begin the regular season at home. The ladies kickoff the weekend Friday, November 21 game against Boise State University at 7 p.m. and the men will play Utah Valley University at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 22, both hoping to begin the season with a win.

But earning a win goes beyond which team practices the most or the team with the better shooting average, a supportive crowd can sway a win or a lose, this weekend for the men and women’s basketball games will be no exception.  

“I don’t think fans realize the affect they can have on opposing teams,” Chris Boettcher, head women’s basketball coach, said. “It generates energy and a pressure environment that coaches can’t recreate in practice.”

Desiree Jackson, a senior guard from Moreno Valley, Calif., said, “We are the defending champs of the conference and look forward to bringing home another championship trophy.” 

Jackson, along with all other T-Bird athletes knows that supportive fans help gain those wins and trophies. 

Nick Robinson, head men’s basketball coach, said. “Fans provide an amazing atmosphere for our team as well as a chaotic distraction to our opponents.”

Mirroring Robinson’s comments, Cal Hanks, the senior center forward from Logan, Utah went on to add, “There’s nothing better and more energizing than having people cheering you on at the games. It’s almost as if a wave of energy rushes around the team and yourself when you have a great home crowd. Knowing that you have the support of people there for that purpose is incredible.” 

Friday’s women’s basketball game will include the unveiling of the team’s Big Sky Conference Championship banner that will hang in the Centrum.

Basketball season tickets are available at the Centrum Box Office or online at Students can attend for free with their student ID.

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