Women’s basketball picked second in preseason Region XIV poll
10.27.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – Coming off the most successful season in school history, the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team opens its final campaign picked to finish second in the region by the league’s coaches.
Last year, San Jac finished the season with a 24-9 overall record, including 15 Region XIV wins and the team’s first-ever bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament.
“We are excited to get this season started,” said first-year Head Coach Kayla Weaver. “We have a great group of ladies who are fun to be around and work hard every day. This region is very competitive. Some of the best teams in the country are in Region XIV. It should be another fun year and we are working every day to get better.”
Weaver brings back four returners for this year’s squad, led by Eryka Sidney (Houston / Phillis Wheatley HS). The sophomore guard was the Region XIV freshman of the year last season and a NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention. She averaged a team-best 12.7 points per game, led the team in 3-pointers made with 73 total (38th in the nation), and was third in the region for 3-point percentage.
Joining Sidney as returners are guards Alexus Jones (Dallas / Aledo HS) and Princess Clemons (Chester Township, Pennsylvania / Bonner Prendie Catholic HS), and post Alexis Bryant (Pflugerville / Pflugerville HS). Jones was second on the squad in 3-point shooting at 34.7 percent and third in free throw percentage. She averaged a solid 7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 points per game. Clemons saw action in all 32 games for San Jac, averaging 4.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Bryant is the team’s top returning rebounder, averaging 5.2 per game along with 8.0 points.
Weaver and new assistant coach Nik Winkleman have added four sophomore transfers to the roster in Missouri City’s Maddison Glass (Fort Bend Hightower / New Mexico Junior College), Baylee Leiter of West Jordan, Utah (Copper Hills HS / Utah State University Eastern), Houston’s Victoria Blakenship (Galena Park HS / Tyler Junior College), and Carrington Small of Oklahoma City (Putnam City HS / Oklahoma Baptist University). Glass played in 27b games for New Mexico Junior College, averaging 2.7 points and 1.5 rebounds. Leiter played in eight games for Utah State Eastern, averaging 5.1 points and 6.5 boards, while Blankenship saw action in all 30 games for Tyler, averaging 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds. Small averaged 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for OBU.
The San Jacinto College women’s basketball 2017-2018 season tips off November 2 – 4 in Hobbs, New Mexico at the New Mexico Junior College tournament. The first home game for the women is Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., against Houston Community College. All San Jacinto College women’s basketball games are played in Nichols Gymnasium on the San Jacinto College North Campus.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
Region XIV Conference Coaches Poll (first-place votes in parenthesis)
1. Trinity Valley Community College (11)
2. San Jacinto College
3. Tyler Junior College
4. Panola College
5. Blinn College
6. Kilgore College
7. Jacksonville College
8. Angelina College
9. Bossier Parish Community College
10. Paris Junior College
11. Coastal Bend College
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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.