Monday, November 7, 2016 (Issue #2)
by Steven Wasserman, Sports Editor
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The annual First Night event signals the start of the basketball season for both the men and women of the basketball programs at the University of Connecticut. Friday, Oct. 14 was filled with several fun events as the players and coaches of the basketball teams are set to kick off their seasons on the journey to a hopeful NCAA Championship in April.
In front of a near-full capacity crowd at Gampel Pavilion, the players took part in several events as they dazzled the crowd all night long. A photo opportunity session for the fans, performance by the UConn drum line, crowd giveaways and contests, along with the main event, a scrimmage between Team Kevin and Team Geno highlighted this occasion.
The scrimmage between Team Kevin, coached by men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, and Team Geno, coached by women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, was a unique experience for both the players and fans alike. The game allowed the UConn men and women to play with each other as all the players were evenly spread out between the two teams.
Team Geno defeated Team Kevin by a score of 51-45 in a 20-minute scrimmage. Leading the men in scoring were freshman guard Christian Vital with nine points, senior forward Kentan Facey with eight points, and sophomore forward Steven Enoch with eight points as well.
The women in this game weren’t too shabby themselves with junior guard Gabby Williams chipping in with seven points and junior guard Azura Stevens tallying six points and three rebounds to her credit. Both teams seem to be having promising starts to their seasons in this scrimmage.
“The scrimmage between Team Kevin, coached by men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, and Team Geno, coached by women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, was a unique experience for both the players and fans alike.”
The men’s team opens their season on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the XL Center with an exhibition game against the University of New Haven. The women kick off their season against Indiana University with an exhibition of their own at Gampel Pavilion.