(The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team will play 14 home games this season at Nichols Gymnasium on the San Jacinto College North campus. Photo by Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department)
HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 31, 2010) The San Jacinto College (SJC) women’s basketball team opens the 2010-2011 season Monday night, Nov. 1, at home against Temple College. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.
San Jac, picked to finish seventh in the Region XIV conference, returns just one player from last year’s team that finished 6-23 overall. Sophomore Ebony Atkins played in 13 games, averaging 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. Head Coach Eric Taylor expects Atkins to provide leadership on the court to his slew of newcomers.
SJC will host 14 games during the regular season. Region XIV home games include Trinity Valley Community College (Dec. 1), Angelina College (Dec. 8), Lon Morris (Jan. 5), Panola College (Jan. 15), Kilgore College (Jan. 22), Paris Junior College (Jan. 29), Blinn College (Feb. 9), Tyler Junior College (Feb. 16), and Jacksonville College (Feb. 26). The Tyler game is part of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone, a national initiative to raise breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, and in local communities.
San Jac will also host Hill College (Nov. 5), the San Jac Classic (Nov. 19-20), and Louisiana State – Eunice (Feb. 23) at home.
“I am looking forward to this season,” said Taylor, who enters his third year at the helm of the San Jac women’s basketball program. “Our entire team is thinking positively. Despite being essentially a completely new team, we have some good transfers and dynamic freshmen that I feel can help us accomplish our goals.”
San Jac will face the same Region XIV opponents on the road, but will also play at the Southern University – Shreveport Classic (Nov. 12-13), at Hill College (Nov. 17), at the Southwest Tennessee Lady Salquis Classic (Dec. 28-29), and at Louisiana State University-Eunice (Jan. 10). The 2011 Region XIV tournament will be played March 3-7 at the University of Texas at Tyler. The national championship tournament once again returns to the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan., in March.