5 women’s basketball players transfer to universities
09.13.2016 | By Rob Vanya
Five women’s basketball players who graduated from San Jacinto College in May will continue their college education and basketball careers by transferring to four-year universities.
Vanessa Jones transferred to Angelo State University; Kaelynn Wilson is now at Glenville State University, Kristel Reid will play at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Zauria Kilgo is now at Kentucky State University and Gabby Alvarez chose to attend the University of St. Thomas.
San Jacinto College women’s basketball Head Coach Michael Madrid says there is more to a successful college basketball program than just winning on the court. “At San Jac, our goal is to graduate students and we focus on the word ‘student’ in the term student-athletes,” he commented. “We consistently talk to our young ladies about the importance of academics and make it clear that our number one goal is to graduation. Basketball gives students a tremendous platform to be role models academically and athletically. Our two biggest victories are when these young ladies walk across the stage at San Jac and sign at another institution to continue their education.”
Madrid said that contributions from all five of the transferring graduates helped propel the team a successful 2015-16 season. They ended the season as regional runner-up, the farthest any women’s basketball team has ever advanced in the history of the College.
Jones (Dallas / Flower Mound Marcus High School), a 5-10 sophomore guard, had a solid season for San Jac. She was named to the All-Region and All-Conference teams, as well as the Region XIV All-Tournament team. She played in all 33 games, making 32 starts. Her 13.6 points per game average was eighth in the conference and she ranked second in the conference in three point goals with 85 total (251 attempts). She also had 106 total assists, which was seventh best in the league.
Wilson (San Antonio / Karen Wagner High School) also had a solid season. She was an All-Region selection after averaging 13.3 points per game, a mark that ranked 10th overall. The 5-11 sophomore forward ranked seventh in the conference in total field goals (171-343) and was 20th in rebounds with a 5.7 per game average.
Reid (Rosenberg / BF Terry High School) excelled during the 2015-16 season. She earned a spot on the All-Conference team and the Region XIV All-Tournament team. The 5-10 sophomore wing played in all 33 games, starting in 20, averaging 7.8 points per game. She ranked 12th in the conference in rebounds per game with a 6.7 mark and was among the conference’s top shooters at 42.7 percent (18th in the conference).
Kilgo (Detroit / Chandler Park Academy) developed into a key contributor during the season. The 5-6 sophomore guard had an average of 4.5 assists per game, which led the team. “Zauria stepped in and lead our team,” Madrid commented. “She is a selfless player who handles the ball well and facilitates the game for her teammates. I am excited about her opportunity at Kentucky State.”
Alvarez (Houston / Kingwood Park High School) developed as a powerful offensive weapon. The 5-5 sophomore guard shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range for the season, which led the team. “Gabby is a pure shooter who sees the floor extremely well,” Madrid said. “Her love for the game is evident in the amount of time she spends crafting her skills. I am excited to see her play in the Houston area for Coach Cross at St. Thomas.”
San Jacinto College women’s basketball games are played at the North Campus’ Nichols Gymnasium. All games are free and open to the public. To find out more, 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.