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December 3, 2012

Three Lady Jets enjoy individual NJCAA national rankings

AMERICUS — Three South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets basketball players earned individual rankings in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, and seven Lady Jets were spotlighted in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) rankings.

Shaquaya Daniels, a 5’ 1” guard from New York, NY; Nikkei Blackburn, a 6’ freshman from Bennettsville, SC; and Portia McCray, a 5’ 10” sophomore from Loganville, GA; were all featured in the NJCAA individual statistics this week.

Daniels is currently ranked fifth in the nation in assists per game with 8.4.  The national leader has an average of 10.6.

Her teammate, Nikkei Blackburn is currently listed as 16th in the NJCAA in rebounds per game with an average of 11.1, and 31st in the nation in total rebounds with 78 on the season.

Portia McCray was the other Lady Jet to be featured in the national rankings, where she is currently 42nd in free throw percentage shooting. She has an 81.8 percent success rate from the free throw line.

Those three Lady Jets as well as Delisia Sharpe, a 6’ 2” freshman from Norfolk, VA; Kadriana Howard, a 5’ 6” freshman from Ashburn, GA; DeKoya Mack, a 5’ 1” freshman from Augusta, GA; and Rasheda Patterson, a 5’ 6” freshman from Bennettsville, SC; were all spotlighted in the GCAA rankings this week for their individual performances on the basketball court.

Daniels led the GCAA in assists with 8.4 per game, was ranked 2nd in the GCAA in steals per game with 3.7, 24th in free throw percentage shooting per game with a 63.2 percent success rate, 28th in total rebounds with 42, 30th in offensive rebounds per game with 2.4, 29th in total rebounds per game with an average of 6, 32nd in defensive rebounds per game with 3.6, and 37th in total points with 64 in four games. She also boasts a 9.1 points per game average which is the 43rd best in the GCAA.

Blackburn also earned distinction in the GCAA. She is the GCAA leader in rebounds with a total of 78. She is also ranked third in total rebounds per game, and defensive and offensive rebounds per game. Blackburn has an average of 6.6 defensive rebounds and 4.6 offensive rebounds each game for a total of 11 rebounds per outing. She is also one of the most successful two-point shooters in the GCAA, where she was ranked 10th with a 53% success rate on her shots.

The freshman is 10th in the conference in total points with 88, 12th in blocked shots per game with 0.9, 17th in points per game with an average of 12.6, and 21st in the GCAA in free throw percentage shooting with a 64.3 percent success rate.

McCray is ranked sixth in the GCAA in field goal percentage shooting with a 55.1 percent success rate, 16th in offensive rebounds per game with a 2.9 average, 22nd in total rebounds with 44, 25th in total rebounds per game at 6.3, 27th in total points with 72, 29th in points per game with an average of 10.3, and 36th in defensive rebounds per game with 3.4.

Delisia Sharpe is another Lady Jet who had impressive stats in the GCAA rankings. She is currently listed as fourth in the conference in total rebounds with 59, fourth in offensive rebounds per game with 4.0, eighth in total rebounds per game with an average of 8.4, tied for 12th in blocks per game with 0.9, 13th in free throw percentage shooting with a 69.2 percent success rate, 18th in defensive rebounds per game with 4.4, 21st in field goal percentage shooting with 47.8 percent success, 39th in total points this season with 62, and 46th in points per game average with 8.9.

Kadriana Howard, DeKoya Mack and Rasheda Patterson also made the GCAA rankings. Kadriana Howard is ranked 11th in steals per game with 2.6, 30th in assists per game with 1.9, and 37th in blocks per game with 0.3. DeKoya Mack is ranked 19th in three point percentage shooting with a 21.6 percent success rate and 30th in assists per game with 1.9. Rasheda Patterson is ranked 33rd in the GCAA in offensive rebounds per game with an average of 2.1.

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