Oct. 28, 2009
Cullowhee, N.C. - Over 50 people attended Tuesday night's Fourth-annual Catamount Basketball Rouser which was held on-campus in the Ramsey Center.
"What a wonderful opportunity for the local community to meet our coaches and players as we tip off an exciting new season of Catamount Basketball," said Brian Frerking, WCU Assistant Athletic Director for Advancement. "Jake Robinson and Heather Swayne were outstanding as co-hosts and demonstrated the type of commitment our student-athletes have to being the best they can be on and off the court. We look forward to having our students and fans come out to support our teams this year."
The evening began with each attendee being introduced over the public address system as they entered the Ramsey Center court through the Catamount tunnel and were greeted by members of both the men's and women's basketball teams.
The event also included both men's and women's head coaches Larry Hunter and Karen Middleton addressing those in attendance with regards to their upcoming seasons, with seniors Jake Robinson and Heather Swayne also talking about what fan support means to the team.
Following the spoken portion and highlight reels from both squads, the teams took participants to the Ramsey Center court for one-on-one instruction, shooting contests and more.
Western Carolina men's basketball, which will host a school-record 16 home games in '09-10, is coming off its first winning season since 1996 after posting a 16-15 record a season ago, and shared the Southern Conference's North Division title with league tournament champion, Chattanooga. The women claimed the program's second SoCon tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth a season ago.
The Catamount women open their 2009-10 season with a home exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 7 following the WCU football Hall of Fame game against nationally-ranked, Elon. Tip-off against Tusculum is set for 7:00 pm. WCU opens the regular season on the road with a two-game swing at Richmond (Nov. 13, 7 pm) and directional rival, East Carolina (Nov. 15, 2 pm).
Western's men will open the 2009-10 season at home on Saturday, Nov. 14 by hosting St. Catharine College at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center. The Catamounts will also take part in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic, first visiting Texas in Austin on Nov. 18 before returning home to host Arkansas-Monticello, Binghamton and Duquesne Nov. 23-25 for three-days of double-header action in the Ramsey Center.