Freshman guard to play in the NJCAA All-Star Game

05.28.2014 | By Rob Vanya

Kendra Howard is the first player from San Jacinto College to be selected to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Star Game. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.



Howard first women’s basketball player from San Jacinto College to make national team


San Jacinto College women’s basketball student-athlete Kendra Howard has been selected to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Star Game, to be played July 24-27 in Niceville, Fla. The 5-8 freshman guard from Cedar Hill High School in Dallas is the first player in the six-year history of the NJCAA All-Star Game to be selected from San Jacinto College.

“The top 40 players in the nation make the All-Star Game, so that’s an indication of Kendra’s talent,” commented San Jacinto College Women’s Basketball Head Coach Brenita Williams-Jackson. “She is the only player from Region XIV to be selected, and one of only three players from Texas. It’s exciting for Kendra, and her teammates are thrilled that she will go and represent our college, our conference, and our state.”

During the season, Howard led the team in scoring at 18.8 points per game, a mark that ranked 16th in the country. She shot 37.1 percent from the field, and 33.1 percent from 3-point range. She was second on the team in assists per game at 4.0. At the conclusion of the season, Howard was named to the Region XIV All-Region and All-Conference teams. She also earned honorable mention recognition on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America team. In addition to her success on the court, Howard maintained a 3.1 grade point average.

Williams-Jackson said the key to Howard’s success and post-season honors is no secret. “From the start, Kendra committed to being a hard worker and a leader by example,” the coach remarked. “She stepped up when we needed her most and played beyond even her own expectations. She deserves the recognition. She will be someone that the incoming freshman can match up against next year, which will improve the overall toughness and competitiveness of our team.” 

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