Southwest Tennessee Community College

February 21, 2005

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Written by Keith Gentry

The Southwest men’s and women’s basketball teams will wrap up the regular season this Saturday, February 26, when the Saluqis and Lady Saluqis host Volunteer State Community College at the Verties Sails Gymnasium. Game times are 2 p.m. for the women, followed by the men at 4 p.m.

The Saluqis, coached by Verties Sails Jr., enter Saturday’s game ranked 17th nationally with 19-5 overall record and a 13-2 record in the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association. The Southwest men have clinched first place in the Western Division of the TJCCAA and will have a first round bye in the Region VII Tournament, March 8-13 in Harriman, Tennessee.

Four Southwest men’s players average at least ten points per game, led by sophomore forward Rasuul Buluu, who averages 18.1 points per game and also leads the team in rebounding with a 8.0 average. The second leading scorer is freshman guard Anthony “A.J.” Pigram (Trezevant High School), who averages 14.7 points per game and also leads the team with 81 three point field goals made. Other players in double figures are freshman guard Lester Hudson (Central High School) at 13.0 points per game, and freshman forward Moraye Ivy (Central High School) at 10.0 points per game.

The Southwest women, coached by Andrea Martre, are 16-8 overall and in first place in the TJCCAA’s Western Division with a 9-6 record. The Lady Saluqis have clinched at least a tie for first place in the division.

The Lady Saluqis also have four players with double figure scoring averages. Leading the team is sophomore forward Ashley Mason (Trezevant High School), who averages 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Other Southwest women averaging at least ten points per game are freshman guard/forward Kenya Moore (Blytheville, AR), who is second on the team with a 12.6 average, freshman forward Imesia Jackson (Crawford, MS), who averages 11.5 points and leads the team with a 7.8 rebounding average, and sophomore guard Lakeisha Jackson (Booker T. Washington High School), who averages 11.2 points per game.