Despite loss in final round, team sets record playoff mark
It was bad news, good news for the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV tournament, held at Angelina College in Lufkin March 1-5. Bad news: #4 seed San Jac lost to #2 seed Blinn College 61-44 in the championship game. Good news: they ended the season as regional runner-up, which is the farthest any women’s basketball team has ever advanced in the history of the College.
San Jac finished the season with a 22-11 overall record. The highlight of their tournament run was in the semifinal round, when they eliminated the tournament’s #1 seed Trinity Valley Community College with an upset 57-52 win.
After the disappointing loss to Blinn, San Jac first-year Head Coach Head Coach Mike Madrid shared some bittersweet comments. “It’s frustrating, and losing the regional championship game is obviously not how we wanted to end the season,” he said. “However, I told the players to step back and look at the body of work over the entire season. They made history, and have every reason to be proud. It’s an accomplishment just to make it to the regional championship game. They worked extremely hard all year, and we are all proud of their efforts.”
At the conclusion of the tournament, the team learned that sophomore guard Vanessa Jones (Dallas / Flower Mound High School), and sophomore wing player Kristel Reid (Rosenberg / Terry High School) were named to the All-Conference team based on their consistent contributions through the tournament. “Vanessa and Kristel certainly deserve the recognition,” commented Madrid. “They played well in the tournament, and they both demonstrated great leadership all season long.”
Reid was the top scorer for San Jac in the final game, with 9 points. She also grabbed 5 rebounds. Jones also had a good overall game, scoring 7 points, with 6 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot. Freshman wing player Ariona Gill (Las Vegas, Nevada / Arbor View High School) made key contributions, with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.
For information about San Jacinto College basketball, visit sanjacsports.com.
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.