The annual event began at the Spirit Plaza at 6:30 p.m. with free food and drinks being provided by vendors such as The Fresh Potato Factory, Mountain Dew, El Pollo Loco and Menchie’s frozen yogurt. Besides receiving free CSUN basketball tank tops, students could also spin a wheel and win free candy, popcorn and Matador bags.
“I’m really glad that CSUN is taking an interest in sports and trying to rally students to back their school and have some real school spirit,” CSUN senior Ryan Wilson said.
By the time 8 p.m. hit, energized students and fans poured into the Matadome. DJ Mal-Ski pumped the crowd up even more by playing hit songs, hosting dance-offs with the crowd and giving out free gift cards and CSUN parking passes.
After women’s coach Jason Flowers thanked the fans for coming and showing their support, the women’s team showed off its shooting range by taking part in a 3-point shooting contest.
“This year’s Matador Madness was great,” Maulupe said. “The benefit of having this every year is that it pumps up the fans for the season.”
The Matadors are a young team — guard Emily Cole is the only senior — but the team brings back a talented core of Maulupe, guard Cheyenne Allen, forward Tessa Boagni and center Channon Fluker, last season’s Big West Freshman of the Year.
Like the women’s team, the men’s team only has one senior on the squad, talented point guard Aaron Parks. The 6-foot-3 senior averaged an impressive 13.3 points per game last season.
Head coach Reggie Theus said having a full team this season should greatly benefit the Matadors, who welcomed five transfer players who are now eligible to play this season: Rakim Lubin (Connecticut), Reggie Theus Jr. (South Carolina), Darin Johnson (Washington), Dylan Johns (Texas A&M) and Blair Orr (Winnipeg).
The men’s team got fans on their feet with a high-flying dunk contest and concluded the night with an exciting intrasquad scrimmage.
For more information and to get the schedules for the Matador basketball teams, visit gomatadors.com