Women’s basketball ranked 13th in the nation

12.03.2014 | By Rob Vanya

Team off to 8-1 start


HOUSTON – Showing marked improvement, the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team is ranked 13th in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association for the week of Dec. 1.

“As far as I know, this is the first time in the College’s history for the women’s basketball program to achieve a national ranking,” commented Head Coach Brenita Williams Jackson. “It’s a testament to the teamwork, hustle, and focus of this team.”

San Jac owns an overall record of 8-1, 1-0 in conference. It will host conference rival, and third-ranked, Trinity Valley Community College on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

“We are blessed and humbled by the national ranking,” Jackson remarked. “Our team is deep and everybody plays and produces, which makes us hard to defend.”

Sophomore guard Kendra Howard (Dallas / Cedar Hill High School) leads the team in scoring at 16 points per game, followed by freshman forward Anika Nottingham (Trinidad & Tobago / Macurapo West Secondary), with 11.8 points per game. Howard also leads on defense, averaging 3.4 steals per game, followed by sophomore guard Nekeita Bailey (Alief / Alief Hastings High School), with 2.9 steals per game. The top rebounder is sophomore post Jameela McCarthy (Dabadie, Trinidad & Tobago / San Juan North Secondary), with 10.3 rebounds per game.

“A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into the preseason and I am happy these girls are seeing their hard work and dedication paying off,” Jackson said. “We are not satisfied and will keep pushing to be great. We hope to see our community continue to support these young ladies.” 

All of the women’s basketball games are free and open to the public, and are played in Nichols Gym at the North Campus, 5800 Uvalde Road. For more information, 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.

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