(Rome, GA) – Just two months after wrapping up the TCSGAA conference championship, Georgia Northwestern’s Lady Cats is setting up shop to defend their crown.

Now officially members of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, formerly Georgia JUCO, GNTC and their conference foes from the 2010-11 season will be battling it out on the NJCAA level. They will now fight for a chance to battle on the national level in the 2011-12 season. “This past season was our first season of varsity competition,” said Jim Williams, Head Coach of Georgia Northwestern’s Lady Cats. “Now we have a lot of work to do to improve on that success.”

GNTC’s title team begins its run next week, five months before practices begin for the next campaign. Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. on the Floyd County Campus, the coaching staff will hold an informational session for those interested in taking part in the program in 2011-12. Then, on May 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., GNTC will be holding “Open” Workouts at the Rome-Floyd County YMCA in Rome, Georgia. “The returning players will run drills and get to know the team,” said Williams. “It’s a chance to expose our program to anyone out there who may be interested in becoming a student-athlete.”

For more information on the Georgia Northwestern Lady Cats Women’s Varsity Basketball Program, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706-764-3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu. Across its four campuses in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, and Walker County and online, Georgia Northwestern educates approximately 10,000 students annually. Early Register for GNTC’s summer and fall terms begins May 16.

Lady Cats Women’s Basketball begins its 2011-12 run next week. Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. on the Floyd County Campus, the coaching staff will hold an informational session for those interested in taking part in the program in 2011-12. Then, on May 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., GNTC will be holding “Open” Workouts at the Rome-Floyd County YMCA in Rome, Georgia.