Georgia Northwestern Boasts NJCAA All-Region Honorees, Prep Standouts

Lady Cats 2013 Basketball Shoot-13

(Rome, GA) – With the strength of four NJCAA All-Region honorees in the line-up, Georgia Northwestern opens its 2013-14 Women’s Basketball season with a trip to the Volunteer State tonight for a 6 p.m. tip-off with Division I Cleveland State in the confines of L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.

Lady Cats Head Coach Jim Williams returns at the helm for season number four and a shot at the college’s fourth consecutive region championship. “We’ve got a great group of student-athletes and really hope to compete well again this time around,” said Williams. “Our returners will make a big difference in how we perform this season.”

Leading the way for Georgia Northwestern as they make their way through NJCAA Region XVII in 2013-14 is Canton, Georgia-native Alyssa Nichelson. At 5-foot-8, the former Creekview H.S. (GA) standout is an all-region first-team member. Sophomore Lady Cat guard Kiarra Parks also received all-region first-team honors heading into the new schedule.

Nichelson and Parks dropped in 11 points a game in their freshman campaigns last season. The 5-foot-4 Parks, a former Pepperell HS (GA) standout, would add four boards and two swipes a night, as well.

Lady Cat outside shooter Sierra Smith returns after hitting from beyond the arc at a 31-percent click in 2012-13. Missing from the line-up is her back court counterpart from last season in Emily Cole. The former Adairsville HS (GA) sharpshooter signed with Toccoa Falls College in the offseason after completing her two years of eligibility at Georgia Northwestern.

The most noticeable absence comes beneath the glass as the Lady Cats have to fill the shoes of Odessa Person. The 5-foot-10 forward rounded out last season ranked seventh in the nation in rebounds. Averaging 14 boards each outing, the Lineville, Alabama-native managed to grab the attention of the NJCAA with four 20-plus rebound performances during her sophomore run.

Williams has his eyes on freshman forward Caroline Long to help soften the blow in the post. Long, a 6-foot-1 freshman forward from Model HS (GA), will lead the Lady Cats front court this season. Long, along with 5-foot-8 freshman guard Alisha Bridger, were named NJCAA All-Region second-team honorees. Bridger is in her first year with Georgia Northwestern after completing her prep career at Sonoraville HS (GA).

In usual Jim Williams style, the non-region schedule in November and December is extremely tough. The line-up of opponents consists of several four-year programs and a handful of nationally-ranked Division I Juco opponents. Among the national junior college powerhouses the Lady Cats will use for tune-up matches are Gadsden State (AL), Albany State (GA), Georgia Highlands, and Prince George’s CC (MD).

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Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 26,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.