Women’s basketball program ends on high note
04.04.2018 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College women’s basketball program may have come to an end last month with a loss to Gulf Coast State at the National Junior College Athletic Association(NJCAA) national tournament, but the accolades keep coming for a team that posted the most wins in a single season.
Eryka Sidney(Houston / Wheatley HS) was named to the all-Region XIV team as well as the all-conference team, and was the Region XIV Tournament MVP. Sidney led the team in scoring this season at 17 points per game, a mark that ranked her 45thin the country. She shot nearly 38 percent from long range and averaged 4.3 assists per game.
Alexis Bryant(Pflugerville / Pflugerville HS) was named to the all-conference and all-Region XIV tournament teams after averaging 13 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game. Her 307 total rebounds were good for 16thbest in the nation. She was also one of the team’s top free throw shooters at 72.2 percent on the year.
Alexus Jones(Dallas / Aledo HS) averaged 13.1 points per game this season and earned honorable mention all-conference. She was the team’s leading free throw shooter at 76.2 percent.
Princess Clemons(Chester, Pennsylvania / Bonner Prendergast Catholic HS) earned all-tournament team honors at the Region XIV. She posted a 9.1 points per game average this season and was one of the team’s leading scorers from long range, shooting 38.4 percent from long range.
Head Coach Kayla Weaverwas recognized as the District L Coach of the Year. The rookie head coach led her team to a school-best 25 wins, the team’s second-consecutive appearance at the NJCAA national tournament, and the school’s first-ever NJCAA national tournament victory.
This season’s sophomore class is the winningest class in school history with 50 wins, and this year’s team is the first-ever to win the Region XIV tournament.
In addition, the squad was honored with the NJCAA Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award. The award is voted on by the NJCAA national tournament staff and referees, and is presented in honor of Albert Lee Cox who was the first woman to coach a United States Olympic team sport and the first woman to coach a United States women’s basketball team on foreign soil. It is presented every year to the team that has shown exemplary and outstanding sportsmanship skills throughout the championship tournament.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, 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, 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.