Things got going with a spirited introduction of the 2015-2016 Women’s Basketball team led by head coach Carolyn Kieger. The former Marquette standout, now in her second season in charge, has the youngest team in the entire nation. However, on the night the side displayed significantly more athleticism than a season ago. In the end, it was freshman Danielle King and Olivia Moskari who left fans excited for next month’s season opener.
Much like in her playing days, Kieger had the crowd on its feet early and often, highlighted by the coach nailing a half court shot during the fan giveaway contest.
As the lights dimmed after the interlude, the crowd erupted in anticipation of the unveiling of the latest incarnation of the Marquette Men’s Basketball Team.
After a rather tame introduction in comparison to recent years, the team partook in an intra-squad scrimmage. UNC-Ashville transfer Andrew Rowsey, who is not eligible until next season, showed off his range from behind the arc on multiple occasions.
Redshirt junior Wally Ellenson gave the crowd a tease of what was to come later in the dunk contest with multiple rim-rocking put backs.
More importantly, fans got a taste of what freshman Sacar Anim, Traci Carter, and Herny Ellenson can do. In fact, the scrimmage ended with Anim rejecting a Duane Wilson runner with authority. Both Henry Ellenson and Traci Carter showed off a little bit too, with Henry giving the crowd a sample of what made him such a highly touted prospect out of high school.
After another interlude, it was time for the reason fans should up. The Marquette Madness Dunk Contest.
The Bucks Jabari Parker, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Ennis and President Lovell served as judges for the event. While Sandy Cohen had the cutest moment of the contest celebrating his dunk by dancing with a young fan from the stands, it was Henry Ellenson that ended the evening as 2015 Dunk Contest Champion.
Fans left the Al McGuire Center with tremendous optimism about their team and the future of the Marquette Basketball program.
Now Marquette Nation must play the waiting game ahead of the 2015/2016 season.