3 women’s basketball players earn Region XIV honors
03.20.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON — With the start of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I women’s basketball tournament today in Lubbock, Texas, the postseason honors have been announced for the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team.
Freshman guard Eryka Sidney (Houston / Wheatley HS) and sophomore guard / forward Arionna Gill (Las Vegas, Nevada / Arbor View HS) were selected to the all-Region XIV team, making them two of the top 10 players in the Region. In addition, Sidney was named the Region XIV freshman of the year. The duo, along with sophomore Jasmine James (Innisfil, Ontario (Canada) / Nantyr Shores Secondary School) who was named to the all-conference team, have guided San Jac to its first-ever national tournament appearance.
“Coming in to this season I had no idea how good we would be. I had no clue how far we would go,” said Sidney. “I can truly say this season has been one of the most memborable moments for me as well as San Jac simply because of its history.”
San Jac (24-8) enters the national tournament as the No. 16 seed, and will face No. 17 Harford Community College (28-3) out of Maryland this morning at 10 a.m. (CDT). The winner will move on to face top-seeded Gulf Coast State (Florida) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. (CDT).
Sidney leads the team in scoring averaging 12.2 points per game. She also leads the squad in three-point percentage, shooting nearly 37 percent from long range. Gill and James are second and third in scoring for San Jac, averaging 11.2 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. Gill is also the team’s top rebounder at 9.5 per game.
In addition to the individual player honors, Head Coach Michael Madrid was named the Region XIV Coach of the Year. In just his second year at the helm of the San Jacinto College women’s basketball program, Madrid has his team in the national spotlight. He is 46-19 in his two years at San Jac. Madrid guided the San Jac team to the semifinals of this year’s Region XIV tournament, defeating Jacksonville College in the quarterfinals before falling to Kilgore College in semifinal action. San Jac earned an at-large berth in this year’s NJCAA national tournament.
The NJCAA Division I women’s basketball national tournament takes place Monday, March 20 through Saturday, March 25 at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. For more information about the national tournament, including a tournament bracket and link to watch the games live, visit njcaalubbock2017.org.
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 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.