West Georgia Tech’s Kadriana Howard has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Division-III National Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 16 throughout Jan. 5.

She is the first WGTC athlete in any sport to earn a national player of the week honor.

“I’m very proud of Kadriana and she is very deserving of this honor,” said WGTC head coach Kenny Edwards. “She works hard every day in practice and continues to improve each week. Her unselfish play is another attribute of hers that doesn’t always get in the stat line. She guards the opposition’s best offensive player every night.”

The Sycamore, Ga. native was also named GCAA/Region 17 Division III Conference Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.

Howard, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard, who comes from Turner High School, averaged 25 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals per game in a pair of contests last week against Gadsden State (Ala.) and Reinhardt University.

Howard is the conference-leader in points per game this season, averaging 15.8. She is shooting 51-percent from the field.

She is averaging 21.3 points per game over her last four contests, which all come against higher level competition.

“Kadriana has played consistent and has been a key factor and contributor for our team,” Edwards said. “She scores in variety of ways. She is a versatile player. She defends our opposition’s best player and she rebounds at a high level for a guard.”

Howard’s efforts have helped lead the Golden Knights to a 10-7 overall record against mostly NJCAA D-1 junior colleges and four-year schools, which is the best start in school history. WGTC has won seven games against NJCAA D-1 schools so far this season.

The conference opener is still a little more than a week away, on January 18 against Southern Crescent.

West Georgia Tech is back in action Friday night against another Division I junior college as they host Snead State (Ala.) at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton.

The men’s game between the two schools will follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.