Nov. 10, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. - Basketball season at Western Carolina will begin with a bang Friday night with doubleheader action in the Ramsey Center. The Lady Catamounts open their 2006-07 regular season at 7:00 pm by hosting the Auburn Tigers. Then, immediately following the conclusion of the women's game, the Catamount men will host Muskingum in exhibition action (approximate tip-off time is 9:30 pm).
Catamount Athletics is celebrating "Purple Pride Week" in preparation for the beginning of both basketball seasons and Saturday afternoon's 31st-annual "Battle for the Old Mountain Jug" between Western and archrival, Appalachian State, in football. Fans are encouraged to "Be Loud. Be Proud. Wear PURPLE," at all events this weekend.
SPECIAL NOTE: A limited number of tickets for Saturday's football game with ASU are still available. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the WCU ticket office at (800) 34-GOWCU or by clicking the TICKETS link. Those who have purchased tickets and opted to pick them up at Will Call are urged to do so early on Saturday to alleviate long lines at the windows. The Will Call windows at Whitmire Stadium will open at 2:00 pm.
WESTERN CAROLINA vs. AUBURN - Fri., Nov. 10 - 7:00 pm
THE SERIES: Western Carolina and Auburn have only met one time previously on the hardwood coming last season at Auburn in a game won by the Tigers, 78-49 (12/7/05) ... In other sports, Western is 0-2 versus the Tigers in football last playing in 2002; 0-2 in volleyball, last meeting in 1993; 0-4 in men's basketball last playing in 1997; and 6-19 all-time in baseball last playing in 2004.
LADY CATS VERSUS THE SEC: Including last season's two meetings with Southeastern Conference foes, Western Carolina holds an all-time record of 13-16 (.448) versus current teams of the SEC but is amidst an eight-game losing skid ... the most common SEC foe in WCU history is Tennessee with 18 all-time meetings ... the last SEC opponent to come to the Ramsey Center was South Carolina on Jan. 13, 1994 (L, 114-56) (more see page 4).
SEASON OPENERS: Under current WCU head coach, Kellie Harper, Western Carolina is 0-2 in season openers with losses at Clemson in 2004 (62-55) and at Detroit-Mercy in `05 (75-72) ... Western is 23-17 in season openers since 1966 ... In season openers played in the month of November, Western is 8-1 with the last occurrence coming in 1998 when the Catamounts hosted the Midshipmen of Navy ... Tonight (Nov. 10) marks the earliest start to a WCU regular season in school history with the previous date being Nov. 13 back in 1998 ... Western has won two-consecutive home games dating back to last season.