Men’s and women’s Privateers squad to take the court at the HPC for pre-season festivities starting at 10 pm
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans men’s and women’s basketball teams will take the court for the first time in a completely public setting on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the Privateers will take part in the Turn Up At 10 event at the West Campus’ Human Performance Center.
The event, which is slated to run from 10-11 p.m., will be preceded by a Privateer Fest tailgate starting at 9 p.m. The pre-game atmosphere will feature the Kenny’s Cajun & Creole Mobile Kitchen and entertainment by Wild Wayne and Denisia.
“I’m excited to welcome back our version of Midnight Madness,” UNO head women’s basketball coach Keeshawn Davenport said. “It’s been a while since we’ve done something of this magnitude and I’m excited that our young ladies get a chance to be introduced to faculty, staff, fans, students, family and friends. It’s the time of year in between when the start of official practice and our scrimmages prior the start of our season and the teams is getting anxious to get out there and show what they can do. It gives our fans a chance to get a sneak peek at the upcoming season, which we are all very excited about.”
Turn Up At 10 will featured five-minute scrimmages by both the men’s and women’s teams as well as a chance for students and fans to meet the student-athletes and coaches from the respective programs. In addition, University of New Orleans President Dr. John Nicklow will take a 3-point shot to give one lucky student free books for the upcoming semester, and another student will have an opportunity to win a trip with the men’s basketball team to Chicago with a half-court-shot challenge.
The men’s team returns all five starters and 10-of-13 lettermen from last year’s squad, including 2015-16 third-team All-Southland Conference honoree Christavious Gill (Interdisciplinary Studies). Gill, who is 13 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point plateau for his career, paced the Privateers a season ago in points (444), points per game (14.8), field goals made (140), 3-point baskets (64) and steals (57) while ranking second in assists (83) and free throws made (100), and fourth in 3-point percentage (.346).
Also back for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign are starters Tevin Broyles (7.4 ppg / 2.5 rpg), Nate Frye (10.1 ppg / 3.4 rpg), Travin Thibodeaux (5.9 ppg / 5.7 rpg) and Michael Zeno (7.5 ppg / 4.8 rpg), along with senior Erik Thomas (11.8 ppg / 6.9 rpg), junior Matthew Jiles (0.6 ppg / 0.8 rpg) and sophomores Danny Cohen (1.8 ppg / 0.9 rpg), Coleman Edwards (2.2 ppg / 1.0 rpg) and Cameron Reed (5.9 / 1.2 rpg).
“Turn Up At 10 is a great opportunity for our teams to showcase where they are before the start of the season,” men’s basketball coach Mark Slessinger said. “Students will have chances to win some incredible prizes and have a great time. Our staff in student involvement have done an incredible job making this a great campus-wide event that will be a great night for everyone involved. This will be a chance for our team to get in front of the peers and put themselves in a fun atmosphere.”
On the women’s side, the Privateers welcome back two starters among nine returning letterwinners, highlighted by rising junior guard Randi Brown (Biological Sciences). During first two seasons on the Lakefront, Brown has averaged 15.02 points per outing in 54 career appearances and sank 95 3-point baskets while claiming SLC Freshman of the Year recognition in 2015 and third-team all-conference honors a year ago.
Joining Brown on the list of returnees are seniors Jewel Angelo (3.6 ppg / 1.7 rpg), Ariele Davis (1.1 ppg / 0.8 rpg) and Raven Coleman (1.9 ppg / 3.0 rpg), juniors Halie Matthews (4.6 ppg / 3.6 rpg) and Kayla Mundy (4.0 ppg / 1.6 rpg), and sophomores Danielle Wright (1.9 ppg / 1.6 rpg), Mariah Wright (1.5 ppg / 0.9 rpg) and Shania Woods (7.3 ppg / 5.5 rpg).
For ticket information for the upcoming campaign, contact the UNO Athletics Ticket Office at (504) 280-GAME (4263) and season tickets can be purchased over the Internet by clicking HERE.