Women’s basketball picked fifth in Region XIV preseason poll

10.31.2014 | By Amanda Booren

HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team was picked by the Region XIV coaches to finish fifth in the region this basketball season.

With 69 total points, including one first-place vote, this is the highest preseason ranking for San Jac in school history.

“It feels good,” said second-year Head Coach Brenita Jackson. “This year, fans and opponents can expect to see a totally different San Jac women’s basketball team from ever before. Our team is fast, athletic, smart, and full of excitement about this season.”

Defending national champion Trinity Valley Community College was picked to win the region with 118 points and nine first-place votes. Tyler Junior College was voted to finish second with 109 points and one first-place vote, followed by Blinn College (96 points), Angelina College (77 points), San Jacinto College (69 points, one first-place vote), Paris Junior College (61 points), Jacksonville College (52 points), Kilgore College (50 points), Bossier Parish Community College (43 points), Panola College (37 points), and Coastal Bend College (14 points).

This year’s roster includes seven freshmen, five returning players, and three transfers. Included in the mix is sophomore guard Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill HS). Last season, Howard led the team, and was ranked 16th in the country, in scoring. She was a Region XIV all-region and all-conference selection, a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association all-American honorable mention, and was the first ever San Jacinto College women’s basketball player selected to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Star Game.

Also returning is guard Nekeita Bailey (Houston / Alief Hastings HS). Bailey averaged 11 points per game last season, and tied the single-game record for assists with 13 in one game.

“We have a good balance this season with our inside and outside presence,” added Jackson. “Practice has been a lot of fun, and I’m sure our games will be as well.”

The 2014-2015 season opens this weekend at home with the San Jac Classic. San Jacinto College welcomes Cisco College, Southwest Christian College, LSU-Eunice, and Trinity Valley Community College to Nichols Gymnasium. The weekend will also feature a free coaches clinic on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All San Jacinto College women’s basketball home games are played at Nichols Gymnasium on the San Jacinto College North Campus, located at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston.

 

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.

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