South Georgia Tech women's basketball team (11-0) soars to No. 9 rank in latest NJCAA poll

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

AMERICUS -- The South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets are now ranked as the top defensive team in the nation and they have moved up two spots to No. 9 in the National Junior College Athletic Association's 2010-2011 poll following their recent 79-58 wins against East Georgia College.

The Lady Jets were ranked 11th overall and second in the team defensive average category last week but a win this week against the top-ranked Georgia College Athletic Association's East Georgia College team propelled them two spots higher in the overall poll and into the top spot in the nation defensively. The Lady Jets are still undefeated at 11-0 on the season after Wednesday's 81-57 romp of Enterprise (Ala.) State.

Before their last two wins, the Lady Jets had only given up 394 points against their opponents this season for a 43.778 average over the last nine games. Middle Georgia College, which is also in the GCAA, is ranked seventh in defense and East Georgia College, another GCAA opponent, is ranked 21st.

Pensacola State College retained their first place position in the overall NJCAA poll this week and they were followed by Trinity Valley Community College, North Idaho College, Gulf Coast Community College, Jefferson College, Central Arizona College, Midland College, Cleveland State Community College, South Georgia Tech and Copiah-Lincoln Community College rounded out the Top 10.

South Georgia Tech is still the only Georgia junior college team in the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Top 25 poll this week. However, Middle Georgia College from Cochran did receive several votes. It is currently 6 -2.

SGTC's Ophelia McMath, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard/forward from Apopka, Fla, is ranked 25th in the nation in individual scoring. McMath has played in eight games and has scored a total of 156 points for a 19.5 per game scoring average.

McMath is also ranked 17th in rebounding in the nation. She has a total of 86 rebounds, 40 offensive and 46 defensive rebounds, for a 10.75 average per game.

SGTC's Shontae McCall, 6'0 forward from Lynn Haven, Fla., is ranked 23rd in the nation in rebounding with a total of 82 rebounds in eight games for an average of 10.25 per contest.

South Georgia Tech is also ranked in the team free throw percentage poll with a team average of 68 percent. They are ranked 18th in that category, which is up two spots from last week.

The Lady Jets have made 133 of 195 free throws in the past nine games.