Southwest Tennessee Community College

March 2, 2007

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114/ (901) 619-1899 / Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023

Release written by Keith Gentry

Both the menís and womenís basketball teams from Southwest have earned top seeds and first round byes in next weekís TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament at Volunteer State in Gallatin, Tennessee. The Lady Saluqis will play at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 against the winner of the Eastern Division number four seed (Cleveland State) vs. Western Division number five seed (Dyersburg State). The men will play at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 9, also against the winner of Eastern Division four seed (Walters State) vs. Western Division five seed (Jackson State). Semifinal games will be on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. (women) and 6 p.m. (men) with the championship games on Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men).

The 13th-ranked Lady Saluqis, coached by Andrea Martre, enter the tournament with a 25-1 overall record and were regular season Western Division champions with a 15-1 record. Leading the Lady Saluqis is sophomore guard Ashley Shields, who leads the nation in scoring at 25.9 points per game and is also ranked among NJCAA leaders in rebounds (11.1), assists (6.6), and steals (4.1). Other top scorers are sophomore guards Jasmine Massey (8.5), Tameka Wooten (7.7) and Gina High (6.2), sophomore forward Brittany Smith (6.7) and freshman forward Keona Brooks (6.7).

Coach Verties Sailsí menís team finished the regular season with a 23-5 overall record and are ranked 16th in the NJCAA. The Saluqis were also Western Division champions with a 14-2 record in the TJCCAA. Four players average in double figures: sophomore guard Donald Boone (16.3), sophomore forward Greg Grimes (11.5), freshman guard A.J. Nance (11.2), and freshman center Deante Burges (10.1). Boone also leads the team in rebounding with a 6.7 average while sophomore point guard James Hooper leads the team and is among conference leaders with 6.2 assists per game.

Tournament champions will represent the TJCCAA and Region VII in the NJCAA National Tournament on March 20-24. The womenís tournament will be in Salina, Kansas and the menís in Hutchinson, Kansas.