LUFKIN, Texas — With solid team hustle, the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team edged conference foe Angelina College 70-67 on Wednesday, March 2 in round 1 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV tournament at Angelina College in Lufkin.
“Although Angelina crept back into the game and made it close at the end, our players continued to hustle and show poise,” commented first-year Head Coach Mike Madrid. “In the end, it was a good overall team win. After the game I told them that’s what the playoffs are all about – survive and move on to the next round. Our ball handling and rebounding were not good at times, but the bottom line is that we survived, and that’s all that matters.”
In round two, San Jac will face top seed, and nationally ranked, Trinity Valley Community College on Friday, March 4 at 1 p.m. “We will have our work cut out for us when we face Trinity Valley,” Madrid said. “They only lost two games this year, and were nationally ranked most of the season. But, I told our players that playing the great teams is the reason they chose to play at San Jac, so this is an opportunity to show what you can do. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”
Sophomore forward Kaelynn Wilson (San Antonio / Karen Wagner High School), who has been consistent all season, lead the way on offense for San Jac, racking up 27 points, shooting 10 for 15 from the field, and nailing 7 for 8 free throws. Others who were solid on offense were sophomore guard Vanessa Jones (Dallas / Flower Mound High School), who scored 10 points while dishing out 4 assists, and sophomore wing player Kristel Reid (Rosenberg / Terry High School), who scored 10 points and snared 2 critical offensive rebounds. Reid also contributed on defense with 9 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, and 1 steal. Another key contributor on defense was freshman post Jasmine James (Innisfil, Ontario, Canada / Nantyr Shores Secondary School), who pulled down 6 rebounds, had 4 blocked shots, and 1 steal.
The winner of the regional tournament advances to the national tournament, set for March 14 through March 18 in Lubbock.
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.