In the past 28 years Midnight Madness has become an American tradition celebrated by basketball fans all over the United States. Due to NCAA regulations, basketball teams all over the country cannot start until October 15th. Many coaches decide to get the jump on the traditional afternoon practice by starting at 12:01am. As the midnight hour approached last night, nearly one-third of Converse College was in attendance.
The purpose of the event was to allow the players to have some fun and get the fans excited about the basketball team. This was the 2nd ever Midnight Madness here at Converse College and according to Coach Beth Coil, last night culminated the end of our first season, which was four weeks of preseason. “We could only play 5 v 5 due to Melissa Ballard being injured and Lauren Mueller still participating in volleyball, says Coach Coil.” “However playing with no subs, I saw a lot of positive things as well as areas we need to work on. Overall the night was a success because it gave us a chance to evaluate and decide where we need to start and what we need to work on most.” [Senior forward, Birna (Brie) Gudmundsdottir, said that last night was very exciting. She hopes that the enthusiasm and support of last night will continue through the season. She knows that they are a very young team, but also that they are very talented.
The basketball team opens their season on Saturday, November 15 at 2:00 PM where they will take on Erskine College.