Women's basketball advances to semifinals at Region XIV tournament
03.08.2018 | By Amanda Fenwick
JACKSONVILLE, Texas – The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team is one step closer to a second-consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament bid after defeating Angelina College in quarterfinal action at the 2018 Region XIV basketball tournament.
San Jac, 22-10 overall and the tournament’s #4 seed, has now won seven straight games heading into the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament. In the 56-50 win over Angelina College on Wednesday afternoon, San Jac was led by Eryka Sidney (Houston / Wheatley HS) and Princess Clemons (Chester, Pennsylvania / Bonner Prendergast Catholic HS). Sidney, a NJCAA all-American honorable mention last season and the region’s freshman of the year, led the team in scoring with 14 points. Clemons chimed in with 13 points, and led the team in rebounds with seven. San Jac out-shot Angelina 34.5 percent to 30.0 percent from the field, and was better from beyond the arc at 34.5 percent to 18.8 percent.
Up next is the tournament’s top seed, Panola College, on Friday at 1 p.m. Panola defeated #8 Bossier Parish Community College 66-59 in quarterfinal action. Panola and San Jac split games earlier this season, each team winning on their home court.
The 2018 Region XIV Tournament runs through Saturday, March 10, in Jacksonville, Texas, on the campus of Jacksonville College. Complete tournament information, including live streaming of the games, can be found on the Jacksonville College website. The tournament winner earns an automatic bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament March 19-24 in Lubbock, Texas.
Last season was the first-ever national tournament appearance for San Jac, which earned an automatic bid. The women are coached by Kayla Weaver.
For more information about the San Jacinto College women’s basketball program 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.