March 21, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis women's basketball team was named one of 32 winners in the NCAA Division I "Pack the House" Challenge. "Pack the House" is a national effort in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance. NCAA Division I women's basketball marketing staffs selected a home game and designated that date as a "Pack the House" game with the goal of setting an attendance records. One winner from each of the 32 conferences and one from a group of independent institutions are chosen each year, with the selections being based on marketing plan creativity and attendance criteria. The NCAA will award prizes and donate $500 to the non-profit organization of the University of Memphis' choice.
The Tigers hosted Tulsa in its "Pack the House" Challenge game, winning on a last second tip in from senior guard Ramses Lonlack after senior Danay Collier took the ball from coast to coast to get a layup attempt off that Lonlack tipped back in. In all, 153 institutions participated in this year's challenge, drawing over 431,000 fans. Memphis drew 1,844 fans to the final regular season home game to win this year's challenge in Conference USA. It was the first time the Tigers have ever won the "Pack the House" Challenge for Conference USA.
Memphis recently completed its 2011-12 season with a second round appearance in the WNIT, the team's third consecutive post season appearance. The Tigers finished with a 25-8 record, the team's highest win total since the 1981-82 season, and posted a third consecutive 20-plus win season for just the third time in school history.
The Tigers will lose five seniors from their roster at the conclusion of this academic year. C-USA Player of the Year Jasmine Lee, three-time all-conference honoree Brittany Carter, C-USA Defensive Player of the Year Ramses Lonlack and junior college transfers Danay Collier and Kiana James have all completed their eligibility.