By 7:30 p.m. a long line had already started to form at the southeast entrance to the gym, wrapping around the corner and running down 25th Avenue.
Meanwhile, inside Memorial Gym, the players on both teams were taking their places in the practice gym for the autograph session with the women's team on the west side of the gym, the men's team on the east side. Meanwhile, athletic staffers were taking care of last minute details and hoping for a great turnout.
As the doors opened at 8 p.m., it was possible to snap a few unobstructed photos of the players at their tables, including this one of Stephanie Holzer, Elan Brown, and Christina Foggie. As the fans streamed into the gym, that became a little trickier.
Soon the practice gym was full of fans winding their way through the gym, waiting in lines for autographs of the most popular players, snapping photos, and chatting with fellow fans.
Fans kept Dai-Jon Parker, John Jenkins, and James Siakam busy through the autograph session.
Some players danced during their introductions, but afterwards everybody joined in.
Next, came a 3-point contest between two teams, each with one player from the men's team and one player from the women's team. John Jenkins was paired with Gabby Smith.
At the other end of the court, Christina Foggie and Steve Tchiengang were victorious. Afterwards, Dai-Jon Parker defeated Lance Goulbourne, John Jenkins, James Siakam, and Jeffery Taylor in the slam dunk slam dunk context.
Next the men's team scrimmaged. Josh Henderson contests a dunk by Festus Ezeli while James Siakam looks on.
John Jenkins and Shelby Moats
Photos copyright 2011 by Whitney D for VandyMania.com.