Women’s basketball plays on NBA stage
It is not often that colleges have the opportunity to play on the same court as NBA superstars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. The Malone pioneers have the unique opportunity to do just that, and it is up to the Malone community to come and support the team.
Malone’s women’s basketball team will play on the Cavaliers home court at Quicken Loans Arena (the Q) Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. against the University of Mount Union. The game comes only four days after the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers receive their championship rings.
Tickets for both the Malone and Cavs game to follow are $30, and transportation is available to the Q. Tip-off for the Cavs is at 7:30, and all spectators will have to clear the arena between games.
Sophomore forward Naomi Grandison is excited for the game.
“It is an amazing opportunity to play at the Q,” said Grandison.
Grandison’s father, Ronnie Grandison, is a former NBA player and served as an example of hard work and success for his daughter. N. Grandison hopes to find success on a professional court, just like her father.
Although the women are only playing a scrimmage, it still begins their first season in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC).
Senior guard Rachel Goddard came to Malone as a transfer from Miami University two seasons ago and is ready to adjust to the change in conference from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
“The GLIAC was very similar to my experience at the division I level, so I’m not sure what to expect now that we are in the GMAC, but we are confident and feel we have a good chance to be at the top of the GMAC,” said Goddard.
Besides the change in conference, Pioneer fans should look for new energy in the team this season.
“You can expect great things, because we are excited to play as a team this season” said Alahna Singleton, junior guard.
Although the team is relatively young, it is full of talent.
“The freshman are really smart and they understand this is college ball” said Singleton.
Rob Elder is a sports writer for The Aviso