On Sunday night, Pam Vampran had no plans to be traveling this week.
But she ended up spending most of Monday getting plans in place to be in Greenville, South Carolina, on Friday — plans that include a $1,500 plane ticket and convincing a friend to join her on the adventure.
“Our girls need our support! Win or lose, they deserve a crowd,” Vampran said. “I want them to know we have their backs. Coach Mulkey believes in her girls, and I do too!”
Indeed, Kim Mulkey, the head coach for LSU’s women’s basketball team, agrees on the importance of fans. “We need them. We love having them in the stands. We appreciate the time and the effort they make to come see us play. The players and recruits talk about our unbelievable fan base.”
Vampran, who works in industrial sales, said she’s not letting this opportunity pass her by and she knows life can change quickly.
“I have worked all my life, sacrifices made when my kids were small. My kids are grown, and it’s time to do what I want to do!” she said.
She and friends tailgated for three hours before Sunday’s game in the unseasonably cold weather. She sends photos of the players to their families who can’t be at the games.
“We are adopting the players and the families,” Vampran said.
And that’s the reason she decided to make the sacrifice to go in big for another trip to South Carolina — she also went for the SEC tournament a few weeks ago.
Since the LSU women’s basketball team trounced Michigan Sunday evening in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, dedicated fans have been trying to figure out the details of getting to the next game against Utah set for Friday, March 24, in Greenville, South Carolina. The time for the game is still to be announced.
The trip, if traveling by car, is a 10-hour drive from Baton Rouge, but some Tiger fans have already bought their flights and are making other travel arrangements with the Traveling Tigers through LSU Alumni Association
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