Prairie View A&M was one of 33 winners in the NCAA Division I “Pack the House” Challenge. “Pack the House” is 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 record.

One winner from each of the 32 conferences and one from a group of independent institutions were named. Selections were based on marketing plan creativity and attendance criteria. The NCAA will award prizes and donate $500 to the nonprofit organization of each winning institution’s choice. And pack the house, they did. More than half of the Division I membership – 181 institutions – participated in the effort that attracted more than 511,000 fans.

The Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers hosted 5,500-plus fans at its women’s basketball game on February 6th against rival Texas Southern. Events at Army, Central Michigan, Duke, Houston Baptist, Jacksonville, Long Beach State, Marist, Middle Tennessee State, Niagara, Prairie View A&M and Xavier produced sell-out crowds. Sixty programs surpassed their single-game attendance highs from last year.

“We believe this initiative has served as a catalyst to increase attendance, create excitement and enhance exposure for our women’s basketball programs,” said NCAA Vice President of Division I Women’s Basketball Sue Donohoe. “Institution personnel committed a great deal of time, effort and resources to this program and the results were extremely positive. This program provides great `best practices’ and examples of success for institutions that are seeking to `grow’ women’s basketball and these success stories will continue to strengthen efforts in the future.”

CONFERENCE WINNERS

America East – Hartford

Atlantic Coast – Virginia

Atlantic Sun – Jacksonville

Atlantic 10 – Xavier

Big East – West Virginia

Big Sky – Weber State

Big South – Winthrop

Big Ten – Ohio State

Big 12 – Nebraska

Big West – Long Beach State

Colonial – Delaware

Conference USA – Tulsa

Great West – North Dakota

Horizon – Youngstown State

Ivy – Dartmouth

Metro Atlantic – Marist

Mid-American – Central Michigan

Mid-Eastern – Maryland-Eastern Shore

Missouri Valley – Illinois State

Mountain West – TCU

Northeast – Bryant

Ohio Valley – Eastern Illinois

Pacific-10 – UCLA

Patriot – Army

Southeastern – Kentucky

Southern – Appalachian State

Southland – Sam Houston State

SWAC – Prairie View A&M

Summit – Oral Roberts

Sun Belt – Middle Tennessee State

West Coast – San Francisco

WAC – Louisiana Tech

Independents – Longwood

OVERALL WINNER

Virginia – Atlantic Coast Conference



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