Women’s basketball looking to repeat success of last season
12.01.2016 | By
HOUSTON – The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team opened the 2016-2017 season 7-2, and is looking to surpass last season’s success.
Under second-year head coach Michael Madrid, San Jac is 5-0 at home, and averaging 72.7 points per game. Three players average double-digit scoring, led by freshman Eryka Sidney (Houston / Wheatley HS).
This year’s squad features mostly newcomers, with only two returning players in Ariona Gill (Las Vegas / Arbor View HS) and Jasmine James (Innisfil, Ontario / Nantyr Shores Secondary School). Madrid expects them to provide veteran leadership as the season progresses. “The experience they gained last year is invaluable,” he said. “They have been through it for a year and can relate to how the newcomers are feeling. I expect them to be solid examples of how we carry ourselves as student-athletes.”
Gill and James are among the team’s top scorers, along with sophomore transfer Monique Calliste (Scarborough, Ontario / Blessed Mother Teresa / Tallahassee Community College).
San Jac and Madrid will look to the experience of the two returning players, along with sophomore transfers, to lead the team back to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV finals, a spot they found themselves in for the first time in school history last season. However, Madrid knows Region XIV is one of the toughest in the nation. “Our region is without a doubt one of the most competitive in the country,” he said. “The coaching is outstanding and the players are solid.”
San Jac has three games remaining before the Winter break, starting with a Region XIV match at Panola College this Saturday at 2 p.m. The team will close out the first half of the season at Trinity Valley Community College on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and at Blinn College on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Region XIV tournament is scheduled for March 7-11, and San Jac is looking to get back into the championship game after making school history last season as the regional runner-up, the farthest any women’s basketball team has ever advanced in the history of the College.
Madrid says that even though it’s early in the season, his squad is developing a team chemistry. “We play hard, and this is an entertaining group to be around,” he said. “Our goal is to improve daily, and be solid and consistent. So far I like what I see and I look forward to the growth that will occur as we continue to play deep into the season.”
View the complete 2016-2017 San Jacinto College women's basketball season schedule.
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 Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university 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.