By GARY STALLARD
Barely two years ago, Natasha Mack thought her basketball career was over despite her recognition as one of the nation’s top 100 prep players.
A year away from the game merely rekindled her passion, however, and throughout a record-setting 2017-2018 season with Angelina College, the Lufkin native and AC freshman made the most of her return.
On Wednesday, the National Junior College Athletic Association named Mack to its Division I All-American team as one of the nation’s top 10 players.
Mack earned Second-Team honors to go with her earlier All-American award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association; she also earned NJCAA National Player of the Week honors twice during the season.
Mack’s numbers throughout the season bore witness to her dominance as a post player: She averaged 22 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game. Mack finished second in scoring in Region XIV and first in rebounds, field goal percentage and blocks.
In addition, her 17 points against Coastal Bend Community College on March 4 left her as AC’s all-time, single-season scoring record holder with 667 points. Mack also shattered previous program marks with 399 rebounds and 169 blocked shots over the year.
All those were tremendous individual numbers, but Mack showed her worth as a teammate by dishing out 46 assists as well. She helped lead the Lady Roadrunners to a 19-14 record and an appearance in the conference tournament.
Mack is a Business major at Angelina College. She is the daughter of Bonnie and Anthony Mack.
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Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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