Queens basketball goes national; what did we learn?

In its first nationally televised game, Queens athletics learned that it can place its best foot forward. This photo depicts the Queens-Anderson women's basketball game.Sarah Goldman

In its first nationally televised game, Queens learned how to place its best foot forward. This photo depicts the women’s basketball game against Anderson.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, Queens hosted the Anderson Trojans in both men’s and women’s South Atlantic Conference basketball. However, the roughly 2,000 attendees were not the only ones who got to witness the excitement of the game.

For the first time in Queens history, CBS Sports Network took over Curry Arena, as the Royals played their first nationally televised game.

With more audience members than ever before, the arena was filled with excitement as those gathered roared for both teams. From fraternities with painted chests to the many people holding posters in the crowd, the atmosphere in Curry Arena was definitely one for the books.

The team showed off their best moves in a thrilling second half, finishing the game with two slam-dunks and an 80-65 victory.  The lady Royals lost 66-53 to the Trojans.

It was a special privilege for both coaches and players to participate in such a historic moment for Queens, said Susan Yow, women’s basketball head coach.

So, what did the athletic department take away from this experience?

“The department learned that we are capable of presenting our university and athletic department in the best way possible when given the opportunity,” said Phylicia Short, the director of sports media relations at Queens.

This game definitely benefited Queens, Short said.

“The nationally televised game displayed our campus, facilities, and city for people to see all over the country,” she said. “People love seeing the university they attended on television and I think the game created a buzz among our proud alums.”

Short also mentioned that because the game was televised, there was more work to do then there would have been at typical Queens game.

There were a few behind the scenes things that she would like to have seen go a little smoother, such as selling out the game, she said. However, if presented with the opportunity again, the athletic department would definitely work towards a full house, she said.

“Thanks to the hard work from the people at CBS Sports, everything the audience saw on TV was perfect,” Short said.

Recaps of both games are in these links:

http://www.ncaa.com/video/basketball-men/2015-01-24/mbk-dii-game-week-anderson-queens-highlights

http://www.ncaa.com/video/basketball-women/2015-01-24/wbk-dii-game-week-anderson-queens-highlights

 

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