The Hofstra Pride Basketball Team opened up their 2011-12 campaign this past Saturday as they took on the Queens College Knights. However, the fans’ packing the Mack were of much more importance than the action on the court. Pride mascots Kate and Willie were in attendance to cheer on the home team. “It’s great to be back home” said senior Carissa Allen. “I know it’s preseason but it’s still good to be back because it’s always a fun experience.”
Carissa sat in the Hofstra student section known as the Lion’s Den, which is famous for trying to distract the blue and gold’s opponent. Hofstra cheerleaders and dance team were on hand tossing t-shirts as well as trying to rile up the Pride faithful. “There’s a reason why this game was free”, head coach Mo Cassara said after the game. “No matter what the score was, I wanted to get the most fans and show them what our team is all about. With less than a week till the season opens, we want to have the most fans and supporters as possible.” The Pride officially open up their season this Friday, November 11th as they take on the Long Island University Blackbirds.