AlumNation and 3v3 Tournament at 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four
“Created to bring former women’s basketball players together to celebrate the competitive spirit of the Women’s Final Four weekend, AlumNation again will serve as the premier gathering for former NCAA women’s basketball student-athletes.
AlumNation programming includes a number of special activities planned in conjunction with the 2017 Women’s Final Four being played March 31 and April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Former Divisions I, II and III players involved in AlumNation receive a special ticket package that will include tickets to the games, a commemorative swag bag, invitations to exclusive pregame parties and more.
In addition, former players can show they still have game by competing in the AlumNation 3v3 Tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, in Tourney Town presented by Capital One just outside American Airlines Center. Participants can reconnect with former teammates and compete for bragging rights. The winning team will win four tickets to the 2018 Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, and a four-night stay at the NCAA headquarters hotel.
Additional information regarding AlumNation or the AlumNation 3v3 Tournament is available at ncaa.com/womens-final-four/alumnation or can be obtained by contacting Kelsey Harris at 317-917-6820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
By Rick Nixon
BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY
The Greensboro Swarm is not the only Professional D-League basketball team in the triad area. The Winston-Salem Lady Warcats is an all female team based out of Winston-Salem. This season their plan is to bring more awareness to the game and become champions.
According to Andrea Maine, owner of the Lady Warcats, the team has been around since 2010. She took over as owner of the Lady Warcats in February 2016. She says she wanted to run the organization to give young ladies a chance to pursue their dreams on the basketball court.
“I strongly believe in elevating female athletes,” said Maine. “I don’t think that the female athletes today get the same opportunities of their male counterparts, which is another reason why I wanted this. We have girls from all over, and right now, we are the only female profession-al women’s team in the Triad.
“I want to get the community behind us. We offer family fun, we offer affordable family entertainment and we want to get the community behind us.”
The Lady Warcats will play their home games this season in the gymnasium on the campus of Piedmont International University (PIU). They will also play a few games at the Coliseum annex as well. They are a part of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL), which encompasses 40 teams from around the country.
The Lady Warcats’ season will tip off on April 1 and run through the latter part of August. They have just begun their practice sessions in preparation for the season. The Lady Warcats have a total of 14 women on the team.
Shooting guard Ayshia McNeil has been with the team for two years. She says she really enjoys the atmosphere of the league and is grateful for the opportunity to play.
“All of the people here and the staff have so much passion for what we are doing,” McNeil said. “We are pretty close as a team. We always try to do stuff as a team to bond as much as possible.”
Rashida Thomas, Lady Warcats’ head coach, says she enjoys seeing her players develop and move on to the next level. She says she has loved the game since she was a child and has been coaching for the past six years.
Warcats’ guard Jenaya Abernathy says she is a “gym rat” and loves the game of basketball. She says the Lady Warcats were one of the few teams that gave her a chance once she left college.
“My goal is to get overseas to play the game of basketball. I have had a lot of ups and downs chasing this dream. Once I spoke to Ms. Andrea, I knew I wanted to play for her. It was something about her energy and vision and I felt like this is where I needed to be,” Abernathy said.
Maine says she loves when her players come to her and thank her for giving them an opportunity to continue their dreams. For more information on the team, visit the website at www.LadyWarcats.com