Williams Drops Double-Double On National Stage

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(Rockville, Maryland) – A 700-mile road trip to Maryland ended with Georgia Northwestern sophomore Jessica Williams closing out her JUCO run grabbing a double-double on the national stage with 12 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday’s Sweet 16 match-up. However, the highly-touted Lady Knights and their two All-Americans were as advertised as #6 Montgomery College-Rockville topped the Lady Cats, 99-52.

Sophomore Lady Knight Alex Silva, a stout 5-foot-3 shooting guard, led all scorers with 23 points. Sophomore forward Porcha Davis dropped through 21 of her own as the two All-Americans and their Maryland team now head to the Elite Eight in Rochester, Minnesota this week.

After jumping out to a 20-point lead, Montgomery-Rockville would see momentum shift away midway through the first half as shots started to fall for the Lady Cats as they whittled the lead down to 12. That’s when things took an unexpected turn.

Lady Cats co-captain Kayci McGee (Cedartown) and Silva dove for a loose ball. McGee made it to the ball a split second before a diving Silva landed awkwardly falling directly on top of McGee’s head. The Georgia Northwestern sophomore was down on the court for five minutes before being able to get to her feet. Team officials took her to a Maryland-area hospital where she was examined and released later that night.

However, with the injury of Lady Cats freshman Brittney Daughtry and the loss of two players at Christmas break, Georgia Northwestern was already down to six players. The injury to McGee left the Lady Cats with no bench for the rest of the game.  “Fortunately, Kayci was just banged up and no real damage was done. We are glad she’s o.k.,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams.

“Losing Kayci hurt,” said Williams. “Our team is tough, though, and they stayed true to their style of play and never gave up on it. Hey, we tip our hats to that other team. They are a talented squad.” Montgomery College – Rockville improves to 26-5 with their Sweet 16 win.

The loss sees the Lady Cats (6-20) 2011-12 season come to an end. Georgia Northwestern saw half of its losses this season come at the hands of Division I opponents. “We scheduled some big dogs this year in hopes of getting us ready for our region,” said Williams. “Well, we went 4-3 in the region and took home the region title. I guess it worked well to a degree. We have a great bunch of student-athletes.”   

This season marks the end of JUCO careers for a quartet of Lady Cats in McGee, Mia Morrow (Rome), Kelsie Philpot (Rockmart), and Williams (Pepperell). “It’s our first group of second-year players to move on,” said Williams. “The program has come a long way in its first two years and they’ve played a huge part. We’ve received some interested for some of them from a few four-year colleges. It’s exciting! And, of course, now we are starting to fill spots in the 2012-13 recruiting class.”

The odds-on favorite to win the NJCAA Women’s Tournament this week is Roxbury College (MA). The New England JUCO power lost the national title game last year by five. However, Roxbury returns all five starters for its 2011-12 run for a title.

For more information on Bobcats and Lady Cats Athletics at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to dfoley@gntc.edu.

Lady Cats Box Score

Georgia Northwestern (52) – Cole 6, Mia Morrow 11, Kenisha Watkins 11, Kelsie Philpot 10, McGee 2, Jessica Williams 12.

#6 Montgomery College – Rockville (MD) (99) – Alex Silva 23, Toweh 7, Ryland 3, Thalley 5, Berhane 3, Johnson 6, Faye Dunston 21, Kapria Redparth 10, Porcha Davis 21.

Halftime Score:  46-25, Montgomery College – Rockville (MD)