FORT MYERS, Fla. – With less than 24 hours before FGCU’s women basketball team takes on Michigan in Thursday’s WNIT semifinal game at Alico Arena, students and fans say they expect a large turnout.
And they aren’t harboring any frustration about the team missing out on the NCAA tournament.
“I think it’s pretty cool. Honestly the WNIT is still a big tournament. You do have to be invited to go. It’s not March Madness but, you know, it’s something big for the school,” FGCU student Jake Smith said.
The team’s postseason success has been matched by growing support as the Eagles continue to dominate their competition.
“I’ve seen more awareness on campus. More people are talking about it compared to when it’s just regular season,” Nicole Kaiser said.
Kaiser said she hopes to attend Thursday’s game. The number of tickets available is a strong indicator of the brewing excitement. The game is expected to sell out.
“I’ve seen more and more people going to the games as we’re approaching the championship. And people who usually don’t go are going now,” Kaiser said.
A win against Michigan will put FGCU in the championship game.