May 14, 2003

CONTACT: Keith Gentry, (901) 333-4114 / Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023


Larisha Graves, a two-time all-conference performer for the Southwest Tennessee Community College women’s basketball team, has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Kansas. Graves, a 5’8” guard-forward from Jackson, Mississippi, led the Lady Saluqis in scoring (15.7 points per game), assists 990), and steals (63) this season. She scored a career-high 33 points against Hiwassee, and had highs of 122 rebounds versus Jackson State and eight assists against Northwest Mississippi. Graves also recorded two doubles –against Jackson State (25 points, 12 rebounds) and Saint Catharine (13 points, 10 rebounds.)

As a freshmen in 2000-2001, Graves led the Lady Saluqis to a 22-9 record, the Region VII championship, and a berth in the national tournament. She averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game as a freshman, and led the team with a .752 free throw percentage. In her two-year career at Southwest, Graves totaled 765 points, 360 rebounds, 198 assists, 120 steals, and shot .741 from the free throw line. She ranks among the Lady Saluqis’ career leaders in free throw percentage (second), steals (sixth), scoring average (ninth), points (tenth), and assists (tenth).

Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.
Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer degrees, over 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate Programs in 28 areas, usually completed in no more than one year, that prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.

Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.