WE SAY: Give the women’s basketball team the same support that men’s basketball receives

The Veritas set out to change the environment at home basketball games last February.

The men’s basketball team had recently lost a home game to Wentworth and had a huge game against the Curry Colonels that night. The Lions defeated Curry, the eventual Commonwealth Coast Conference champions, in their gym in mid-January. To make sure ENC would achieve a 2-0 record against the Colonels in the regular season, we asked people to stand up, make noise, and defend our home court.

The fans did just that. The men defeated Curry 100-80 and won their final four home games of the season, including a home playoff win over Salve Regina.

Multiple players showed their appreciation for the crowd and said that it truly made a difference. Guard Jaylen Owens tweeted, “Shout out to our crowd tonight!! Loudest of the year!!”

However, when the Veritas asked students to make a difference at basketball games, we did not just mean at men’s basketball games, like we said in the article last February.

Now, about 47 weeks after the original article, the Veritas is asking you—the fans, the student section—to make a difference at women’s basketball games as well.

Our women’s team beat Gordon 65-53 on Saturday before the men’s basketball team played. By the end of the game, students were cheering and starting to create an environment that we would like to see at women’s games. But, that was at the end.

When we asked you to stand up, make noise, and defend our home court, we weren’t asking you to support one team. We were asking you to support the men’s basketball team, the women’s basketball team, and all ENC sports teams.

The next home basketball games are on Saturday, Jan. 25. The women are playing third-place Endicott.

With the encouraging environment the students created at men’s basketball games, they did not lose a home game for 354 days.

Let’s begin to create that same environment at women’s basketball games.