College Sports

Winthrop hoops season tickets up for grabs tonight

Winthrop will hold a Backyard Bash tonight at the Winthrop Coliseum to give fans a chance to purchase season tickets for men's basketball.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with food and entertainment on the arena floor. At 6:45 p.m., fans will have a chance to select their seats that will be specially marked as available for purchase. A notice was mailed out earlier this summer to all previous season-ticket holders informing them that to be assured of getting the same seats as last year, they would have to purchase season tickets by Sept. 1.

All reserved seats that were not purchased by Sept. 1 will be available on a first-come basis. More than 800 of the 1,100 season tickets sold last year have already been purchased, according to Winthrop ticket manager Lauren Birnie.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be given to the first 500 people who attend. Winthrop players and coaches will be on hand to sign autographs and meet the fans and a tattoo station will be set up for children.

Winthrop opens its 14-game home schedule Nov. 10 against Queens. The Eagles will also face seven Big South Conference opponents, Akron, Missouri State, Old Dominion and an ESPNU BracketBuster foe to be named later.

Prices for season ticket renewals are $99, while tickets for new season-ticket holders are $105. Packages are also available for young alumni (those receiving undergraduate degrees from Winthrop within the last five years), Winthrop faculty/staff and the popular family pack.

Young alumni and faculty/staff season tickets are $82 each. The family pack, which includes four season tickets and 12 items from the concession stand, is $325. Additional family pack tickets can be purchased for $75.

• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- Winthrop women's basketball coach Bud Childers announced the addition of Chris Vozab to his coaching staff.

Vozab comes to Winthrop after spending the previous three seasons at Canisius as an assistant coach. In her three seasons, Canisius was 55-35 and 42-20 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. She was part of the staff that helped Canisius capture the MAAC championship in 2005.

Vozab was in charge of coaching the guards where she worked with 2005 MAAC Tournament MVP and two-time first-team all-MAAC performer Becky Zak. She also recruited and coached the 2005-06 MAAC rookie of the year, Amanda Cavo.

"What a perfect fit for our program Chris Vozab will be," said Childers, who is entering his fourth season with the Lady Eagles. "We were looking for a coach who could coach our guards who had played the position at a high level, someone who had recruiting experience in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas, and someone with a few years of Division I coaching experience.

"Chris has been around winning her whole career as a player and as a coach so we know she will bring that attitude and preparation here to Winthrop. We are excited for her to be a part of the program."

Before Canisius, Vozab was an administrative assistant at New Hampshire, where she earned a master's in literature.

Vozab graduated from Providence, where she was a four-year starter and three-year team captain. In 1999-2000 she made the GTE Academic All-District I Women's Basketball Team and was a Verizon Academic All-District Second Team selection in 2001-02.

• WOMEN'S SOCCER -- At Columbia, Danila Monteiro and Erin Sullivan each scored two goals as No. 13 South Carolina defeated Winthrop 5-0.

Monteiro, celebrating her 21st birthday, took a play from Ashley Kirk in the 14th minute to knock a direct shot from six yards out into the center of the net for the game-winner. Monteiro and Kirk again teamed for the second goal of the game in the 55th minute when Kirk's pass was headed by Monteiro into the back left of the net.

Sullivan then took over, booting a cross from Samantha Diaz-Matosas to score her first goal in the 57th minute. Four minutes later, Sullivan drove 15 yards upfield before booting another shot from 15 yards out that again found the left side of the net.

Winthrop (0-2-2) came out quickly in the first meeting between the two teams, getting a quick shot 53 seconds into the match. The Lady Gamecocks (5-0) controlled the rest of the match, holding a 26-2 shot advantage.

USC's defense stymied Winthrop in the second half, preventing the Eagles from attempting a shot.