The West Georgia Technical College women’s basketball team entered the national rankings for the first time in its history this week, coming in at No. 10 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Women’s Basketball Poll.
The No. 10-ranking is the highest that any West Georgia Tech athletic team has been ranked while competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
West Georgia Tech’s baseball and softball programs were both ranked in the Top-5 while competing on the Club level prior to making the jump to the NJCAA Division I.
WGTC baseball was ranked No. 18 nationally in the NJCAA in late February of last year.
Kenny Edwards’ women’s basketball squad is off to a 12-7 start, which is the best start in program history, against a schedule of mostly NJCAA Division I schools and four-year colleges."The student athletes and young ladies of the program and the assistant coaches deserve any and all credit," said Edwards. "They all work and play even harder every day. We realize nothing would be possible without our support staff we have at the school from the instructors, athletic staff, communication, and up to the president. To all mentioned above, a special thank you goes out to you.
"As a program, we preach certain keys to success principles, and because we are committed to our program's principles and processes we have been able to taste a little success," he said.
The Golden Knights have won eight games against NJCAA D-I members, by far the most in school history.
Last week Kadriana Howard became the first West Georgia Tech athlete to earn national player of the week honors as she was named NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
West Georgia Tech has its sights set on the postseason, which is just a few weeks away.
The Golden Knights would need to knock off Georgia Northwestern in the Region 17 Division III Championship Game to advance to the District Semifinals.
If they get there, WGTC will need to win two-straight games to reach the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament held in Rochester, MN.
West Georgia Tech is next in action today, against Prince George’s Community College out of Maryland, in a game that will be played at Oxford College in Oxford, GA.
Visit www.WGTCAthletics.com for more information on West Georgia Tech athletics.
NJCAA DIVISION III TOP-10
1. Rock Valley College
2. Onondaga Community College
3. Anoka-Ramsey Community College
4. Brookdale Community College
5. Milwaukee Area Technical College
6. Cumberland County College
7. Northland Community and Technical College
8. Sullivan County Community College
9. Mohawk Valley Community College
10. West Georgia Technical College