Southwest Tennessee Community College

January 13, 2005

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

Release written by Keith Gentry

After a few weeks off for the holidays, the Southwest basketball teams return to action on Saturday, January 15 against Saint Catharine College at the Verties Sails Gymnasium. The womenís game will tip-off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m. This will be the first of ten games against teams in the Western Division of the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association.

The Southwest men enter the game at 10-5 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The Saluqis havenít played since December 17-18, when they defeated Cincinnati State and Kennedy-King to win the Willie Little Classic in Chicago. Southwest is led in scoring by freshman guard Anthony ďA.J. Pigram (Trezevant High School), who is averaging 12.7 points per game and also leads the team with 41 three-point field goals. Also scoring in double figures for the Saluqis are a pair of freshmen from Central High School in Memphis. Forward Moraye Ivy is averaging 10.9 points per game, while guard Lester Hudson is averaging 10.7 points and leads the team in rebounding with a 6.7 average. Sophomore guard Nick Covington (Little Rock, AR), who is averaging 7.7 points, is coming off a 35-point outburst in the Saluqisí win over Kennedy-King.

The Lady Saluqis, also 10-5 overall, enter the game tied for first place in the Western Division of the TJCCAA with a 3-3 record. They are led by sophomore forward Ashley Mason (Trezevant High School), who is averaging a team-high 15.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Masonís 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds remaining gave Southwest the win over Mineral Area in the teamís last game (on December 28) in the second round of the Lady Saluqis Classic. Other top scorers are freshman guard Kenya Moore (Blytheville, AR), who is averaging 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, and sophomore guard Lakeisha Jackson (Booker T. Washington High School), who carries a 10.4 scoring average. Forward Imesia Jackson (Crawford, MS), one of the top freshmen in the entire conference when healthy, has battled injuries much of the season but is still averaging 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

The Saint Catharine men are currently 9-3 on the season and 4-2 in the conference and have been nationally-ranked this season. The Saint Catharine women are 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the conference, and feature the nationís second leading scorer in Heather Taylor, who is averaging over 22 points per game.