JACKSONVILLE, Texas – The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team hung on for a 66-63 thrilling win over Angelina College in the opening round of the Region XIV tournament, played on Wednesday, March 4 at the Jacksonville Independent School District gym in Jacksonville, Texas.
With the win, San Jac (23-8) advances to face top seeded Trinity Valley Community College in the semifinal round, to be played Friday, March 6 at 1 p.m.
Head coach Brenita Jackson was proud of the hard-fought “team win” over Angelina. “We split with Angelina during the regular season, and they have a very good team that plays aggressive, so I knew it might be a close game,” Jackson commented. “In a way it was good for us to get tested in the first game to find out what we are made of, because we will need to be tough against Trinity Valley.”
San Jacinto College lost both games they played against Trinity Valley College during the regular season.
Freshman forward Kaelynn Wilson (San Antonio / Wagner High School) and sophomore forward Anika Nottingham (Trinidad & Tobago /Mucurapo West Secondary School / Colombia State Community College) led the San Jacinto College offense, each scoring 14 points. Nottingham also added 8 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill High School) was also a key contributor, scoring 11 points. Freshman guard Miranda Lejune (Pearland / Pearland High School) was solid at ball handling, dishing out 8 assists.
The 2015 Region XIV tournament runs through Saturday, March 7. The tournament winner advances to the NJCAA national championship March 16-21 in Salina, Kansas. For more information, including a complete schedule of Region XIV tournament games, visit the Jacksonville College website.
About San Jacinto College
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. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.