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There's nothing like a Lady Lion home game. The fans, cheerleaders and band combine with a stellar brand of basketball to create an electric environment.

By Rachel Smith

The lights go down, the band begins playing, the dance team and cheerleaders are on the floor and the excitement is reaching fever pitch. There is only one team in the Big Ten that has built such an aura of excitement around its home games, and that team is Penn State.

"Until this year, we were the only team in the Big Ten who turned out the lights when the players were introduced," says Lady Lion head coach Rene Portland. "What we have here is really unique."

Penn State Lady Lion basketball has been working for many years to create such a strong tradition of excitement at its home games. This year is no different, and fans have continued to support its Lady Lions; Penn State ranks among the nation's best in attendance, and with such a young team, loyal fans have plenty of excitement awaiting them in the future.

"I was told when we moved from playing in Rec Hall to the Bryce Jordan Center that we wouldn't be able to recreate that same excitement," says Portland. "I think that we have been able to do that here [in the Jordan Center] because my team plays hard and the fans can relate to the players."

To read the rest of this story, pick up your Lady Lion Basketball Gameday Program at Thursday's game vs. Northwestern.




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