Women’s basketball team looks forward to a stronger finish

12.19.2013 | By Rob Vanya

San Jacinto College’s Women’s Basketball Head Coach Brenita Williams-Jackson hopes for a stronger finish to the 2013-2014 season. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Women’s basketball team looks forward to a stronger finish

Rob Vanya, December 20, 2013

As the 2013-2014 season approaches the mid-point, the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team is putting a rough beginning behind them while looking forward to a stronger finish.

First-year head coach Brenita Williams-Jackson anticipated a difficult opening stretch for a rebuilding team that includes only one returner and 13 new players. “We are a young team,” she commented. “We rely on our freshman players and they are learning a lot about the speed and execution at this level. We played a tough pre-season schedule. Six of the 10 pre-season games were on the road, three of which were against nationally ranked teams.”

The tough schedule, combined with a rash of injuries, contributed to an overall first-half record of 1-9, and a conference record of 0-2. Williams was encouraged by what she saw in the recent game against Panola College, which was the final conference game of the first half of the season. Panola won 86-80, but there were definite signs of improvement. “We competed well against Panola, but they got the edge over us because their kids made some plays down the stretch,” she said. “Our team did a great job of executing, and if they can build on that moving forward we have a chance to improve before the most important stretch of the season begins. The main deal for us is just getting healthy.”

The backcourt trio of Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill High School), Laura Chavez (Katy / Morton Ranch High School) and Nekeita Bailey (Houston / Alief Hastings High School) have been consistent contributors thus far. “I am proud of their leadership and focus as freshmen,” Williams remarked. “I’m waiting on some players to recover from injuries so we can get more production from inside players and have a more balanced team. The opening half was the beginning stages of rebuilding, and we knew coming in it would be hard. We take the good with the bad all in stride and learn from it.”

Williams is pleased with how players are serving as positive ambassadors for the College off the court, through such volunteer efforts as visiting patients at the Texas Children’s Hospital, and serving at the Houston Food Bank during Thanksgiving. “We’ve been working diligently to build relationships on campus and in the local community,” Williams said. “We’ve been involved in Hispanic Heritage activities, Gator Slam, Ladies of Integrity (student club) activities, and at a community fall fest. Overall, the culture for women’s basketball program has improved and will continue to improve.”

The first home game of the final half of the season will be played on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 4 p.m. when the team hosts conference foe Tyler Junior College. All games are free, open to the public, and are played at the North Campus in Nichols Gymnasium, 5800 Uvalde Road. For a complete schedule, please visit www.sanjacsports.com.

 

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College. For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.