Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2007

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


The Southwest basketball teams will play their second exhibition games of the 2007-2008 season on Saturday, October 27 at the Verties Sails Gymnasium with the men taking on the Spirit Express at 1 p.m. followed by the women against the State Liners at 3 p.m.

Southwest opened the season last night against Alumni teams composed of former Saluqis and Lady Saluqis players. Sophomore guard Dominique Johnson scored 21 points to lead the nationally-ranked Southwest men to a 133-106 victory. Also scoring in double figures for Southwest were freshmen Nick Stigger (14), Josh Watson (14), Markecio Beal (13) and DeAngelo Riley (12), and sophomore A.J. Nance (13). Stigger and freshman Jeremy Rodgers grabbed nine boards each to lead Southwest to a commanding 65-43 rebounding advantage. Former Saluqi standouts Ronald Evans and Cortez Stigger led the Alumni with 43 and 22 points, respectively.

Sophomore forward Keona Brooks scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting to lead the Southwest women to an 84-71 win over the Alumni. Freshman Ashley Byrd (10 points) and sophomores Candace Rucker (13) and Tiffany Simpson (10) also scored in double figures for the Lady Saluqis. Simpson also led the team with six assists and four steals and Rucker led in rebounds with six. Larisha Graves was the top scorer for the Alumni with 17 points and also dished out three assists.