It's a first for the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team.
The program is heading to the national tournament for the first time in school history. San Jac (24-8), ranked 20th in the nation, earned an at-large bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DI women’s basketball tournament as the No. 16 seed and will face No. 17 Harford (Md.) Community College (28-3) out of Maryland on Monday.
“To be the first team in program history to play in the national tournament is special,” said second-year head coach Michael Madrid. “The national exposure these young ladies and program will receive is a credit to their hard work and commitment to each other.”
The program, however, is being phased out due to finances and will shut down after next season.
San Jacinto College is led by a trio of players who are averaging double-digit points, including freshman guard Eryka Sidney. Sidney from Houston's Wheatley High School, leads the squad with a 12.2 points per game average.
San Jac advanced to the semifinals of this year’s Region XIV tournament, defeating Jacksonville College in the quarterfinals before falling to Kilgore College in semifinal action.