NCAA Tournament Update: Buses and Blogging
The America East Champion Hartford Hawks will leave for the NCAA tournament on Friday morning. A fan send-off will take place at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Sports Center.
Coach Jennifer Rizzotti took a congratulatory phone call from Gov. M. Jodi Rell Monday before the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.
The Hartford women’s basketball team, which earned a No. 11 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament, will take on No. 6 Temple at noon Sunday at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. To purchase tickets, go to www.sovereignbankarena.com or call 888-SBA-TIXX. Single session tickets are $30.
Faculty, staff, students, and all Hartford fans are invited to help give the team a spirited send-off on Friday (March 17) at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Sports Center. Come dressed in red and white!
FREE Trip for Students to See the Game
Kampus Activities Team and the Student Government Association are sponsoring a bus to take students to and from the game in Trenton. Thanks to KAT and SGA, there will be no cost to students for the bus trip or the game ticket.
Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, go to the Campus Concierge in Gengras Student Union. You will need to pay a $20 deposit and present your University of Hartford ID when you register. The deposit will be returned when you board the bus.
The student bus will depart campus from the Sports Center at 6:30 a.m. Sunday for the 4 ½ hour trip to Trenton, and will return immediately after the game. For more information, call the Campus Concierge at 860.768.4283.
Fan Bus Information
A bus is also being provided for Hawks fans who are not students. The bus will leave promptly at 6:30 a.m. from the Sports Center, and will cost $25 per person. Cash and checks for payment of the bus trip will be accepted upon departure. Tickets for the game will NOT be provided as part of the trip; you must purchase those on your own.
If you would like to make a reservation for the fan bus, contact Ann Barthel at 860.768.4638 or email@example.com. The deadline to make reservations is the end of the business day on Thursday.
Introducing the "Hawks Hoop-Blog"
Jon Easterbrook, the "Voice of the Hartford Hawks," will report on the Hartford women’s NCAA tournament experiences in the new “Hawks Hoop-Blog,” which is now active at hawksncaa.blogspot.com.
Easterbrook, director of marketing services at the University, is in his 11th season as the play-by-play voice of Hartford women's basketball on WWUH radio (91.3 FM).
In addition to the upcoming reports from the tournament, the Hawks Hoop-Blog features a variety of information for fans, and comments from sportswriters around the country on the Hartford vs. Temple game. “This head-to-head matchup might be the best first-round storyline,” writes Beth Mowins of ESPN in one of the articles excerpted in the blog.
The Hawks Hoop-Blog is interactive, so be sure to send in your comments and questions!