BASKETBALL TEAMS TAKE TO CONVOCATION CENTER FLOOR IN SATURDAY SCRIMMAGES
IL - Even though the first official Northern Illinois University basketball
game in the new Convocation Center is still 38 days away, Huskie fans
can get a sneak preview of the $35.8 million building and its new tenants
on Saturday (October 19). Prior to Saturday's Homecoming football game
versus Central Michigan University, both the men's and women's team will
hold intrasquad scrimmages on the Convocation Center floor.
off his first year with the Huskies in which they improved by seven games,
Rob Judson's men's team starts the day with a 10 a.m. exhibition
game. One hour later it's the women's team-looking to improve on last
year's semifinal appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament-under
the direction of Carol Hammerle.
is a great opportunity for our fans to see our team in action in the new
arena," Judson said. "We hope this adds to Huskie fans' Homecoming
experience. Our guys have been working hard and it's going to be fun to
see them play in the arena."
first full contest for the men takes place Tuesday, November 5, when they
play Marathon AAU in a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game. Northern Illinois hits
the court for the first time officially on Saturday, November 23, during
"The Big Weekend." The Huskies start the 2002-03 home season
against DePaul University-in the first game for Blue Demons' head coach
Dave Leitao-at 5:35 p.m. in a Fox Sports Net Chicago telecast.
the men get on the floor during "The Big Weekend" the women's
team will christen the new building against a familiar face. Former Huskie
head coach Jane Albright returns to DeKalb for a 7:05 p.m. contest on
Friday, November 22. Prior to the season opener against the Badgers, the
women take the Convocation Center floor against the Chicago Challengers
in a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game Friday, November 8.
going to be fun to have women's basketball be a part of Homecoming,"
Hammerle added. "This is a great opportunity for the fans to see
our team after one week of practice and at the same time visit our awesome
facility. The players are excited to be on the arena floor, it's a true
Division I experience."
getting a chance to see the Huskies in action, fans will have the opportunity
to purchase season and single-game tickets. The Northern Illinois athletics
ticket off will be staffing the event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with
representative available in the main arena and the ticket office. For
more information on Huskie basketball tickets, please call 1-800-332-HOWL
(4695) or (815) 753-0353.
by Michael Smoose