Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date January 24, 2008

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


LADY SALUQIS CRACK TOP FIVE IN NJCAA POLL

The Southwest womenís basketball team continued its rise to the top of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Poll, moving up one spot to number five this week. The Lady Saluqis are undefeated with a 14-0 overall record with ten games remaining in the regular season.

Itís the best start ever for Head Coach Andrea Martre, now in her 12th season with the Lady Saluqis. Martre has 192 victories and has won over 60 percent of her games in her coaching career, including last seasonís 26-2 team that won the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association Western Division championship.

The Lady Saluqis are led by sophomore guard Candace Rucker, who leads the team and ranks sixth nationally with a 21.9 scoring average and also ranks third in the NJCAA with 4.8 steals per game. The second leading scorer is sophomore forward Starkitsha Luellen, who averages a double-double with averages of 12.8 points and a conference-leading 10.6 rebounds per game. As a team, Southwest averages 77.3 points per game, ranking 30th nationally and allows 60.8 points per game, ranking 47th.

The Southwest women return to the court at 2 p.m. this Saturday, January 26 against conference rival Jackson State Community College at the Verties Sails Gymnasium.

Place College Location Record Points 1st Pl Votes Last Week
1 Gulf Coast Community College Panama City, FL 20-0 200 8 1
2 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ 18-0 192 0 2
3 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR 17-1 184 0 4
4 College of Southern Idaho Twin Falls, ID 17-1 174 0 5
5 Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN 13-0 168 0 6
6 South Plains College Levelland, TX 16-2 161 0 7
7 Jefferson College Hillsboro, MO 19-1 151 0 8
8 Cloud County Community College Concordia, KS 16-2 138 0 13
9 Seminole Community College Sanford, FL 20-1 128 0 16
10 Midland College Midland, TX 19-3 118 0 14
11 Blinn College Brenham, TX 17-2 110 0 17
12 State Fair Community College Sedalia, MO 16-2 103 0 10
13 Santa Fe Community College Gainesville, FL 14-4 82 0 9
14 Louisburg College Louisburg, NC 16-1 81 0 20
15 Walters State Community College Morristown, TN 17-3 71 0 19
16 Rend Lake College Ina, IL 16-3 67 0 NR
17 Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg, IL 17-2 65 0 3
18 Connors State College Warner, OK 18-1 63 0 15
19 Miles Community College Miles City, MT 20-0 60 0 18
20 Southwest Mississippi Community College Summit, MS 12-2 54 0 NR
21 Labette Community College Parsons, KS 15-2 45 0 22
22 East Central Community College Decatur, MS 12-2 39 0 11
23 Barton County Community College Great Bend, KS 18-2 33 0 21
24 Chipola College Marianna, FL 16-4 23 0 12
25 Middle Georgia College Cochran, GA 13-0 16 0 24

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