Fan enthusiasm still electric during Round 3 of WNIT

Ariy-El Boynton

Ariy-El Boynton

On March 22, the Jackrabbit Nation was rewarded a home game at Frost Arena, and was able to host their second consecutive NCAA postseason game.

The Jackrabbit fans did all they could to help SDSU prevail against Indiana University, 60-53. The SDSU faithful brought the noise the whole game and caused a great home advantage for the Jacks.

From the time the first fans lined up at the gates at 11:30 a.m. on game day, excitement was in the air. Some students decided that getting a good seat was more important than going to class and forgetting academics for the day to focus on being a fan. Other students did both, as some worked on homework while in line for the game.

By 5:30 p.m., fans were lined up five or six across and three hundred feet deep. Energy filled the air as students waited to enter Frost Arena. A few students had their bodies painted, while others made signs. Even before fans were allowed to enter Frost Arena, SDSU students were loud, welcoming players with large cheers when they walked into the HPER.

Finally, at 5:51 p.m., SDSU Associate Athletic Director Rob Peterson told the ushers, “Open the doors and get out of the way.”

Fans young and old alike rushed the gates, with the best seats being prime real estate. No longer did it feel like Brookings, but rather Spain during the running of the bulls. When the fans did reach their seats, they witnessed history.

More people watched this game than any other SDSU women’s basketball game, as 6,053 fans rocked Frost Arena.

At the start of the game, the SDSU student section began to bounce up and down and was energetic through the entire game. The crowd was treated to an emotional roller coaster, as the game was in question until the final few minutes.

Megan Vogel, the only senior on the team, wanted the game on her shoulders. She wanted to decide whether her team would go home or see another day.

With 1:20 remaining, Vogel made a huge lay up giving the Jacks a two-point lead which they never gave up, ensuring the Jacks would play another day.

#1.883579:763513249.jpg:WNITfansdoinghomework.jn.jpg:Pre-Pharmacy Sophomore Mallory Onisk (left) and Health Promotion Sophomore Hannah Ferree pass time doing homework while waiting in line for the SDSU vs. Indiana game March 22.: