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DATE: March 15, 2001
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247
Women and Men Basketball Saluqis Set to Play for NJCAA National Crown
The women's and men's basketball teams at Southwest Tennessee Community College begin their quest for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Basketball Championship Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The NJCAA Men's Championship Tournament is set for March 20-24 in Hutchinson Kansas. The NJCAA Women's Tournament has the same dates in Salina, Kansas. Tuesday, the men of STCC have a 2:30 p.m. tipoff against Okaloosa Community College of Walton, Florida. All of the NJCAA Men's Championship games are being played in the Hutchinson Sports Arena. The Lady Saluqis are set to play Wednesday at 12 noon against Eastern Oklahoma State College of Wilburton, OK. The Women's NJCAA Tournament is being played at the Bicentennial Center.
Both the women and men basketball Saluqis earned berths in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament by winning the Tennessee Junior/Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA) Region VII Tournament March 11, in Dyersburg, Tennessee. This marks the first time in the history of the TJCCAA that both the men's and women's titles were won by the same college.
Verties Sails, men's head basketball coach at STCC, is making his second consecutive trip to the NJCAA Championship Tournament, and his third in the past four years. Last year, he guided his team to third place in the NJCAA tourney. His 1997-1998 squad captured second place in national championship play.
The men Saluqis finished the regular season with a 22-6 record overall and 8-2 in the TJCCAA. Marlon Walls led the team in scoring with an average of 19.9 points per game. Lou Wright averaged 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Wayne Moody averaged 11.2 points per game, Devon Buckley averaged 10.6 points and Larry Wells compiled an average of 10.4 points per game. Marklus Ray has an 8.6 average per game in both points and rebounds.
Andrea Martre, women's head basketball coach at STCC, is making her first trip to the NJCAA Women's Tournament. Her team finished the regular season with a 21-7, 6-2 mark. They were led in scoring by Nikkia Jones, who averaged 19.0 points per game. Amie Williams averaged 17.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Larisha Graves averaged 14.9 points and Torre Thomas had a 13.2 points per game average.
Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.