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.
"The student athletes and young ladies of the program and the assistant coaches deserve any and all credit,” said head coach Kenny 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,” Edwards added.
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 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, Minn.
Ranking ahead of WGTC are Rock Valley College, Ononadaga Community College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Brookdale Community College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Cumberland County College, Northland Community and Technical College, Sullivan County Community College, and Mohawk Valley Community College.
West Georgia Tech is next in action on Tuesday, against Prince George’s Community College out of Maryland, in a game that will be played at Oxford College in Oxford, Ga.
West Georgia Tech’s Kelsey Walthall has been named Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association – Region 17 Player of the Week.
This is the third time this season that the sophomore guard from Pebblebrook High School in Atlanta has earned conference player of the week honors.
Walthall averaged 10.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals per game last week versus a pair of NJCAA Division I teams in Snead State and Southern Union, helping WGTC win both games.
“Kelsey played big in those two wins last week,” said West Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach Kenny Edwards. “She was asked to guard both teams’ best player and held them to less than 15 points combined. She is a versatile player for us, having played every position on the floor at some point.”
West Georgia Tech, at 12-7 on the year, is off to the best start in program history.