Southwest Tennessee Community College

October 29, 2004

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114 / Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023

Release written by Keith Gentry

The Southwest men’s and women’s basketball teams will open the 2004-2005 regular season on Monday, November 1 against Coahoma Community College at The Pinnacle in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The women’s game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. Both games will be broadcast locally on WUMR FM 91.7. The first home games for Southwest will be on Saturday, November 6 at the Verties Sails Gymnasium when the Lady Saluqis will host Carl Albert State College at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game against Kennedy-King College at 7:30 p.m.

With only two veterans returning off last season’s 12-13 team, this year’s Saluqis squad will feature a lot of new players. “This season should present quite a challenge to the Southwest coaching staff,” said Southwest men’s head coach Verties Sails Jr. “Coming off a sub-par season by Southwest standards, this team will be primarily made up of new players who must learn the system, learn to play with each other, and in most cases adjust to college life.”

Returning players off last year’s team are 5’7” Jerry Dover and 6’3” Wayne Parks. Dover led the Saluqis with 50 three-point field goals and 52 steals as a freshman, averaging 8.9 points per game. Parks averaged 8.4 points per game last season and was also among the team leaders with 27 three-point field goals made. Another returning player is 6’5” swingman Tyrone Scott, who sat out last season but was a key contributor on the Saluqis’ 2002-03 national tournament team. Scott averaged 7.4 points per game as a freshman and made 32 three-point field goals.

The Southwest Lady Saluqis return three players from last year’s (15-12) TJCCAA Western Division and Region VII tournament runner-up team. “This season will present quite a challenge,” said Lady Saluqis’ head coach Andrea Martre. “But with patience, hard work, dedication, and talented players, we have a chance to be very good.”

Lakeisha Jackson, a 5’7” guard is the top returning scorer averaging 10.7 points per game as a freshman. Jackson led the team with 59 three-point field goals made and finished third on the team with 32 steals. Also back is guard Kristin Henderson, who averaged 1.9 points per game and dished out 24 assists, and forward Adrienne Hoyle, who averaged 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest.