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DATE: October 8, 2001

CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Keith Gentry, 901/333-4114

Lady Basketball Saluqis Begin 2001-2002 Season Nov. 2;
Set to Follow-up on Last Season's Historic Campaign

The start of the 2001-2002 basketball season for the Lady Saluqis of Southwest Tennessee Community College is just three weeks away. Andrea Martre, women's head basketball coach at STCC, said she is determined to build on the momentum that was gained from last season's historic campaign. The Lady Saluqis finished the 2000-2001 season with an impressive 22-9 record.

Both the women and men Saluqis ended last season by competing for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championship. They earned the right to play for the NJCAA national crown by winning the Tennessee Junior/Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA) Region VII Tournament. This was the first time in the 33-year history of the TJCCAA that the women's and men's titles were won by the same college during the same season. It was Coach Martre's first trip to the NJCAA.

Martre, last year's NJCAA Divisional Coach of the Year, has a 78-59 career record with the Saluqis. She and her hustling team will tip off this season's play Friday, November 2, against Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee.

With four returning players, including three starters, the Saluqis are focused on having another 20-win season, Martre said. She added that there are several talented freshman and transfer students who will be playing for the Saluqis this season.

"The talent is here to have another banner season," Martre said. "Several players will have to step up to replace our players who graduated. I feel real good about this group. I am confident that they will make the effort to meet the challenges ahead."

The returning veterans include Torre Thomas, Samika Thompson and Marsheka Suttles. Thomas and Suttles are standouts at both guard positions. Thompson puts in solid play at the forward and center positions.

Some freshman and transfer players who are expected to have an immediate impact are Tenesha Gaither, Christol McClain, Shunta Craig, Latosha Bailey and Larica Seals.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.