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RTB Kennesaw - A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you're looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Kennesaw, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails - they'll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Kennesaw, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you're organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we've seen and done it all, and we're here to serve you as well.

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Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we'll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we're done. We'll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don't just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Kennesaw. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you'll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We've got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest's glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you're looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Kennesaw, look no further than RTB. We've built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we'll handle every detail - from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Kennesaw, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn't just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party - we're here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we're here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

Bar Rentals in Kennesaw, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there's an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup - bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Kennesaw. Our doesn't just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends
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Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn't provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can't go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Kennesaw

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We're in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Kennesaw:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company's logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout - we'd love to hear what you're thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that's for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go - from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You've got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the "nitty-gritty" while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Kennesaw, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won't suck the life out of your party - we'll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

 Bar Rentals & Bartender Staffing Kennesaw, GA

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
 Portable Bar Rental Kennesaw, GA
Bartenders for Weddings in Kennesaw

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say "I Do" without worrying about your drink service.

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Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Kennesaw

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

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Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Kennesaw

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

 Mobile Bar Service Kennesaw, GA
Bartenders for Private Events in Kennesaw

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you're thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more "out of the box" events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
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Concessions Services in Kennesaw, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Kennesaw, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Kennesaw's most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

 Bartenders For Events Kennesaw, GA

We're Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Kennesaw today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you'll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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Latest News in Kennesaw, GA

KSU Hosts Middle Georgia State in Home Opener

Kennesaw State (0-1), (0-0) vs. Middle Georgia State (1-2), (0-0) Location: Kennesaw, Ga. | KSU Convocation Center Date: Nov. 10 Time: 7:00 p.m. EST Live Stats | VideoK...

Kennesaw State (0-1), (0-0) vs. Middle Georgia State (1-2), (0-0) Location: Kennesaw, Ga. | KSU Convocation Center Date: Nov. 10 Time: 7:00 p.m. EST Live Stats | Video

KENNESAW, Ga. – After a valiant performance at Ole Miss in the season opener, Kennesaw State welcomes Middle Georgia State for the first home game of the season Thursday at 7 p.m. at the KSU Convocation Center.

The two programs have met three times, with the Owls holding a 3-0 advantage in the series. KSU has scored at least 80 points in all three contests, averaging 83.0 points per game. The last time Kennesaw State and the Knights met on the court, the Owls won 88-49 (Dec. 31, 2019).

KSU has won five straight home openers, dating back to the 2017-18 season.

Season tickets for the 2022-23 basketball season are still available for purchase! Ticket packages start at $55 and courtside season tickets are still available for Owl Fund members. Click here to secure your seats! Please call the ticket office at 470-578-6957 to purchase courtside seats.

Single-game tickets for Middle Georgia State can be purchased here.

Johnson Aiming for KSU Scoring Record Entering the 2022-23 season, Amani Johnson is poised to break the Kennesaw State record for most points scored in program history. Johnson currently sits at 1,365 points and only needs 89 more to pass Alexis Poole for the record. She already holds the KSU Division I record for assists (485), steals (209), and minutes played (4,061).

Scoring Weapons Return to Kennesaw State The Owls return 73.8% of their scoring from a year ago. Graduate guards Amani Johnson and Jah'Che Whitfield combined for 602 total points in KSU's offense last season, with Johnson scoring over 300 points and Whitfield chipping in 235. Four different Owl players accumulated more than 100 points last year, including Bre'Lyn Snipes (158) and Stacie Jones (125). Whitfield led KSU with a game-high 18 points and Johnson chipped in 15 to lead the KSU offense against Ole Miss in the season opener Monday.

Second Season Under Blue Octavia Blue enters her second season at the helm at Kennesaw State. After going 9-19 last season, Coach Blue is aiming to build upon last year's squad, improving on strong home performances with an explosive offense and defense. Seven of KSU's nine wins came at home last season, as the Owls won games by an average of 17.3 points. Blue's coaching debut at KSU started strong with a historic 100-31 win over Thomas (Nov. 9), marking the first time Kennesaw State scored 100 points in a game in program history.

Power Five Influx Kennesaw State made some new additions to the team this offseason, signing two guards and two forwards who transferred from Power 5 schools. Former Purdue guard and Georgia native Lyndsey Whilby returns home to play her graduate season at Kennesaw State, bringing along postseason success in Big Ten Tournament victories. Keyarah Berry, a sophomore guard from Indiana, looks to spark the KSU offense to new heights as she scored 3,340 points in her high school basketball career, which ranks second all-time in the state of Georgia. Junior forward Kyndall Golden previously played nine games at Vanderbilt, averaging 15.7 minutes per game in her sophomore season. Sophomore forward Taylor Cullinan also returns to her native Georgia after playing six games at Alabama and an impressive career at North Paulding High School. KSU's fifth transfer, Carly Hooks, comes from ETSU, where she led the team in points per game as a freshman and sophomore.

Owls Welcome New Assistant Coaches The Owls added two new assistant coaches this past offseason. Malikah Willis joins the Owls with over 20 years of coaching experience from 10 different colleges, including West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Composed as a high-profile recruiter and veteran coach, Willis helped assemble seven top-25 recruiting classes and coached 16 student-athletes to all-conference honors, including five future WNBA draft picks. Drew Landers brings seven years of Division I coaching experience to KSU as a former assistant coach at USC Upstate for the previous two seasons. Landers improved the Spartans' win total by 14 games, finishing with a record of 22-8, as well as helping player recruitment and development on a national level.

Scouting Middle Georgia State Middle Georgia State enters the matchup 1-2 after dropping two straight games. A 70-57 loss to St. Thomas and an 81-67 defeat to Ave Maria. Kassidy Broussard, Lashauna Coley, and Destanee Wright have emerged to lead MGSU's offense. Broussard is averaging 22.0 PPG in her first two starts. Coley, averages 16.0 ppg, including 23 in the season opener. Wright scored 25 points and had five steals in her first start of the season against Ave Maria. Head Coach Anderson Ligon was named to the Sliver Waves Media's list of "Most Impactful Head Coaches in NAIA Women's Basketball" entering the season.

To keep up with the latest Kennesaw State women's basketball news, follow the team on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and @KSUOwlsWBB or by liking Kennesaw State University on Facebook.

Kennesaw State Names James Sabourin Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Kennesaw State University President Kathy Schwaig has named James Sabourin to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and communications, effective Jan. 3. He will report directly to Schwaig and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet.Sabourin comes to Kennesaw State with more than 30 years of experience in the corporate and higher education sectors.Most recently, he served as vice president for communications and university relations at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he oversaw marketing a...

Kennesaw State University President Kathy Schwaig has named James Sabourin to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and communications, effective Jan. 3. He will report directly to Schwaig and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet.

Sabourin comes to Kennesaw State with more than 30 years of experience in the corporate and higher education sectors.

Most recently, he served as vice president for communications and university relations at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he oversaw marketing and communications for one of the nation’s largest public research universities.

“I am pleased to welcome Jim Sabourin to Kennesaw State,” said Schwaig. “Jim is a proven leader with extensive marketing and communications experience in both corporate and higher education. His unique perspective will provide important contributions to support and strengthen KSU’s reputation. I look forward to working with him to continue to raise the profile of this remarkable University.”

Prior to LSU, Sabourin served as vice president for corporate communications for Unum, a global Fortune 250 financial services provider based in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was promoted to senior vice president, chief communications officer in 2014, overseeing communications for the U.S.-based company and its European subsidiaries.

From 2000 to 2003, he was the vice president for Arizona-based America West Airlines and led the response to several high-profile incidents, including overseeing communications in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I look forward to joining the leadership team at Kennesaw State and to helping carry out President Schwaig’s vision and strategic plan,” said Sabourin. “The University has an incredible story to tell and is positioned for continued success, I am excited about the possibilities.”

Sabourin is a member of the Conference Board Council on Communications Strategy, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Strategic Communications, Forum Group, Issues Management Council and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), where he is a past national chairman of the Corporate Communications section.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in communications and journalism from Florida State University and is accredited in public relations through PRSA.

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

Kennesaw State to Join Conference USA in 2024-25

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State University has formally accepted an invitation for membership within Conference USA, the university and league announced Friday.KSU will start the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) following the 2022 football season and officially join Conference USA (C-USA) for all sports July 1, 2024. Following a campus visit in August of this year, the members of the C-USA Board of Directors voted unanimously in September to inv...

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State University has formally accepted an invitation for membership within Conference USA, the university and league announced Friday.

KSU will start the transition from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) following the 2022 football season and officially join Conference USA (C-USA) for all sports July 1, 2024. Following a campus visit in August of this year, the members of the C-USA Board of Directors voted unanimously in September to invite KSU to join the conference.

This week, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted to provide conditional approval to the university to move forward on the proposal to move to C-USA and FBS.

In adherence to Board policy, university stakeholder groups met this week to discuss the proposal, which includes a timeline for action as well as confirmation that the move will not require any increase in student fees.

Following approval of the proposal from stakeholder groups, University System Chancellor Sonny Perdue provided final approval as authorized by the Board of Regents on Friday, October 14, 2022.

Kennesaw State boasts the largest enrollment within the FCS of more than 43,000 students and has grown at an unparalleled rate in college athletics since its beginnings as an NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) program in 1982.

The Owls are fresh off one of their most successful athletic years in university history. In 2021-22, KSU won conference titles in baseball, football, men's tennis, and women's track and field, and the co-ed cheerleading team took home its third consecutive national championship. Since joining the Division 1 ranks in 2005, KSU has won 43 conference championships and 11 regular season titles across a range of women and men's sports. Counting Kennesaw State's time as an NAIA and NCAA DII program, and the history of consolidated Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), KSU has won over 150 conference, district, and regional championships, and six national championships.

Kennesaw State football owns the distinction as the best start-up program in college football history, since the team began competition in 2015. The Owls won 48 games over their first five seasons, and KSU is also the first start-up program in college football history to post three consecutive 11-win seasons during its first five years of competition. The Owls have won three conference titles in the last five seasons and have four FCS Playoff appearances.

"It is an exciting time for Kennesaw State, and this is an opportunity to continue the upward trajectory of the athletic programs and academic mission of KSU. This step was not one taken lightly, but with thoughtful review and analysis of the benefits to elevated competition for our student athletes, the expanded opportunities for research and academic engagement, and the advancement of a unique and exciting student experience at KSU. We look forward to an exciting future of competition and collaboration as a member of Conference USA." -KSU President Dr. Kathy "Kat" Schwaig

"This is a great day for all of Owl Nation as our ascent into Conference USA will help the Owls soar to new landmarks. I am most excited for our student-athletes, coaches, and staffs that have worked so hard to represent KSU. Our student-athletes will have an opportunity to showcase their talent on a larger stage. President Schwaig's leadership played a pivotal role in this opportunity, and I am grateful for her and all those that made this possible. I look forward to new opportunities and achievements for KSU within a conference that has a history of growing the brands of its members." -KSU Director of Athletics Milton Overton

"Today is an important day as we formally welcome Kennesaw State University to Conference USA. The addition of this growing university continues to build upon our strong foundation, and we are excited to partner with President Schwaig and KSU's leadership team to transform our membership and strategically position the conference for long-term success." -C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod

About Kennesaw State University KSU is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only six percent of U.S. colleges, offering over 180 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and programs. The university is only 15 miles from the excitement of Atlanta, and locally offers a robust variety of recreation and opportunities.

About Conference USA Conference USA is an NCAA Division I athletic conference based in Dallas, Texas. Now in its third decade, Conference USA has adapted to the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics with an unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity and leadership in competition, academics and community.

Kennesaw State professor receives NSF grant to research quantum technologies

Assistant professor of computer science in Kennesaw State University’s College of Computing and Software Engineering (CCSE), Tu Nguyen, and his research team received a competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the first comprehensive framework for a new way of computing and networking.The funding comes from the NSF’s Algorithms for Modern Power S...

Assistant professor of computer science in Kennesaw State University’s College of Computing and Software Engineering (CCSE), Tu Nguyen, and his research team received a competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the first comprehensive framework for a new way of computing and networking.

The funding comes from the NSF’s Algorithms for Modern Power Systems (AMPS) program, which gave out only four awards in the 2022 fiscal year. The AMPS program is a partnership between the NSF, the Division of Mathematical Sciences, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Nguyen will partner with researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Clarkson University. They will use the more than $600,000 in NSF funding to work on quantum-era computing and networking systems, which involves a completely different type of computing and networking technology than we currently know and use.

Traditional computing is based on binary bits, the smallest units current computer systems can process and store.

“In quantum computing, binary bits are replaced by quantum bits, which quantum mechanics allow to be in a coherent superposition of two states simultaneously,” Nguyen said.

Quantum computers will eventually be able to solve problems that current computers cannot solve and will be able to do so in a faster, more secure way, he said.

“The development of the quantum era will impact everyone’s daily life by changing the way we communicate and the way we share data via the Internet,” said Nguyen, who also received an NSF grant to research cellular networks in 2021.

Nguyen’s latest project, titled “Rethinking State Estimation for Power Distribution Systems in the Quantum Era,” will begin in January 2023 and run for at least three years.

“Dr. Nguyen is passionate about research and is driven by his desire to make an impact in his field and provide a meaningful experience to his students,” said Paola Spoletini, interim associate dean of CCSE. “He is not only an enthusiastic, hardworking researcher with outstanding abilities, inspiring vision, and technical skill, but is also a great colleague who deeply cares about the success of the College.”

– Abbey O’Brien BarrowsPhotos by Judy Pishnery

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

Owls Open Regular Season at Ole Miss

Kennesaw State (0-0), (0-0) at Ole Miss (0-0), (0-0) Location: Oxford, Miss. | SJB Pavilion Date: Nov. 7 Time: 6:00 p.m. EST Live Stats | VideoKENNESAW, Ga. – Year two of the Blue Era officially begins Monday a...

Kennesaw State (0-0), (0-0) at Ole Miss (0-0), (0-0) Location: Oxford, Miss. | SJB Pavilion Date: Nov. 7 Time: 6:00 p.m. EST Live Stats | Video

KENNESAW, Ga. – Year two of the Blue Era officially begins Monday as the Kennesaw State women's basketball team travels to the SEC to take on Ole Miss in the season opener at 6 p.m.

The Owls are 3-1 in their last four season openers and are searching for their first win over an SEC opponent. KSU and Ole Miss have met just once on the court, with the Rebels earning a 92-63 win on Nov. 13, 2017.

In the opening contest last year, head coach Octavia Blue's squad torched the nets in a 100-31 victory, setting the record for most points in a game in program history.

Ole Miss is coming off a 23-9 campaign, the most wins for the program since 2006-07 and a NCAA Tournament appearance.

Season tickets for the 2022-23 basketball season are still available for purchase! Season ticket packages start at $55 and courtside season tickets are available now as well for Owl Fund members. Click here to secure your seats now! Please call the ticket office at 470-578-6957 to purchase courtside seats.

Johnson Aiming for KSU Scoring Record Entering the 2022-23 season, Amani Johnson is poised to break the Kennesaw State record for most points scored in program history. Johnson currently sits with 1,350 points and only needs 103 more points to pass Alexis Poole for the record. She already holds the KSU Division I record for assists (485), steals (209), and minutes played (4,061).

Scoring Weapons Return to Kennesaw State The Owls return 73.8% of their scoring from a year ago. Graduate guards Amani Johnson and Jah'Che Whitfield combined for 602 total points in KSU's offense last season, with Johnson scoring over 300 points and Whitfield chipping in 235. Four different Owl players accumulated more than 100 points last year, including Bre'Lyn Snipes (158) and Stacie Jones (125).

Second Season Under Blue Octavia Blue enters her second season at the helm at Kennesaw State. After going 9-19 last season, Coach Blue is aiming to build upon last year's squad, improving on strong home performances with an explosive offense and defense. Seven of KSU's nine wins came at home last season, as the Owls won games by an average of 17.3 points. Blue's coaching debut at KSU started strong with a historic 100-31 win over Thomas (Nov. 9), marking the first time Kennesaw State scored 100 points in a game in program history.

Power Five Influx Kennesaw State made some new additions to the team this offseason, signing two guards and two forwards who transferred from Power 5 schools. Former Purdue guard and Georgia native Lyndsey Whilby returns home to play her graduate season at Kennesaw State, bringing along postseason success in Big Ten Tournament victories. Keyarah Berry, a sophomore guard from Indiana, looks to spark the KSU offense to new heights as she scored 3,340 points in her high school basketball career, which ranks second all-time in the state of Georgia. Junior forward Kyndall Golden previously played nine games at Vanderbilt, averaging 15.7 minutes per game in her sophomore season. Sophomore forward Taylor Cullinan also returns to her native Georgia after playing six games at Alabama and an impressive career at North Paulding High School. KSU's fifth transfer, Carly Hooks, comes from ETSU, where she led the team in points per game as a freshman and sophomore.

Owls Welcome New Assistant Coaches The Owls added two new assistant coaches this past offseason. Malikah Willis joins the Owls with over 20 years of coaching experience from 10 different colleges, including West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Composed as a high-profile recruiter and veteran coach, Willis helped assemble seven top-25 recruiting classes and coached 16 student-athletes to all-conference honors, including five future WNBA draft picks. Drew Landers brings seven years of Division I coaching experience to KSU as a former assistant coach at USC Upstate for the previous two seasons. Landers improved the Spartans' win total by 14 games, finishing with a record of 22-8, as well as helping player recruitment and development on a national level.

Scouting Ole Miss Ole Miss capped off an impressive 23-9 season, setting several records for the program. The Rebels had a 13-game winning streak, the third longest in program history. The 10 SEC wins marked the second most in a season for Ole Miss. The Rebels' .718 winning percentage marked the program's best winning percentage since the 1993-1994 season where Ole Miss went 24-9. The 2020-21 SEC Freshman of the Year, Madison Scott, started in all 32 games for the Rebels while Collins appeared in all 32 games with 18 starts as a sophomore. Angel Baker averaged 12.4 points per game and dropped six 20-point performances as a reserve. Her play led to her becoming the first Rebel to be named the SEC Sixth-Woman of the Year.

To keep up with the latest Kennesaw State women's basketball news, follow the team on Twitter @KSUOwlNation and @KSUOwlsWBB or by liking Kennesaw State University on Facebook.

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