2017-18 Team Photo

2017 Women's Basketball Team Photo

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Lady Saluqis Now 5-0 with Conference Wins Over Chattanooga and Cleveland

The Southwest women's basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season with conference wins over Chattanooga State (74-56) and Cleveland State (63-60) over the weekend at the Verties Sails Gymnasium. It's the first time since the 2011-12 season that the Lady Saluqis have won the first five games.

Atitiana 'Titi' Vincent and Takya Bennett scored 17 points each to lead the Lady Saluqis to the win over Chattanooga State. Vincent had six of the team's 13 steals as Southwest forced Chatt State into 27 turnovers. Up by just four points after three quarters (51-47), Lady Saluqis outscored the Lady Tigers 23-9 in the fourth quarter to break the game open led by Bennett's nine points in the final period. Quinlan Hughes added 15 points and tied Bennett with the team high with seven rebounds and Dominicka Skrocka had 12 points on four three-point field goals.

Chattanooga State Box Score

Vincent led four double-figure scorers with 17 points in the win over Cleveland State. Skrocka added 15 points (on five three-pointers) while Hughes (12) and Bennett (10) also scored in double digits. As a team, the Lady Saluqis assisted on 19 of 23 field goals led by point guard Brenda Fields (season-high 10 assists) and Vincent (5 assists).

Cleveland State Box Score

Upcoming Games

Friday, November 17
vs. WALTERS STATE
5:30 pm EST
at Morristown, Tennesse

Saturday, November 18
vs. ROANE STATE
2 pm EST
at Harriman, Tennessee

2017-18 Season Outlook

There will be a lot of shared responsibilities for the 2017-18 Southwest women’s basketball team according to Head Coach Andrea Martre. When we start the season, player’s roles will be challenged, said Martre.  For us to be a good team, we must commit to the defensive end of the court collectively.  This year’s team is close and like each other which is special.

This season’s Lady Saluqi squad has several familiar faces including All-TCCAA guard Atitiana Vincent and forward Martajah Tyler, both returning starters on last year’s 15-14 team.  Also returning are guard/forward Sydney Malone, forward Glenda Garner and redshirt freshman guard Taylor Christian. These returnees are joined by six sophomore transfers – Brenda Fields (Walters State), Breaunna Burks (Dyersburg State), Quinlan Hughes (Truett McConnell), Orlandra Humphries (Southeastern Illinois), Malera Staples (Louisburg) and Dominika Skrocka (Mineral Area), who brings international flavor to the team. Rounding out the roster are two incoming freshmen – Takya Bennett (Hamilton High School) and Timara Rogers (Blytheville, AR).

Our sophomores have been phenomenal, said Martre. We place a lot of emphasis on our sophomores and their leadership abilities. They take care of all of the communication needs with the team and they are leaders on and off the floor. This class is extremely eager to contribute They want to make a difference and do it without a personal agenda.

The most important thing is we develop a culture for competition and we’ve learned
that we have to compete every day in practice said
said Martre. This team is getting better and better each day. It’s something we have to continue to build on and a mentality that takes time. We’re moving in the right direction and this team has the capability to improve on the past couple of seasons.

In addition to the 18-game TCCAA slate, the 2017-18 schedule is highlighted by several non-conference games.  Saluqi fans will have several chances to see the team play at the Verties Sails Gymnasium as the team plays 17 home games including the first five games during the month of November.