FINALLY HOME: Lady Roadrunner Basketball Hosting Home Opener on Wednesday AC to Play Three Home Games this Week

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Angelina College’s Natasha Mack leads the Lady Roadrunners into Wednesday’s home opener against Cedar Valley College. AC has opened the season with five straight wins on the road. (Gary Stallard photo)

Most college basketball teams have played at least one home game by now, given the season started nearly two weeks ago.

Not the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners. AC’s ladies have spent the past two weeks on the road, and while the traveling may have been a bit of a grind, the on-court performance has been home-game worthy.

The Lady ‘Runners have opened the season with a spotless 5-0 record, beating Southwest Mississippi and Baton Rouge College at the Baton Rouge Classic, LSU-Eunice in Louisiana and Collin County College and No. 22 Odessa College last weekend in Tyler. Over those five games, AC’s ladies scored nearly 80 points per game while allowing fewer than 70.

“We’ve gotten off to good starts in every game, and we hadn’t been behind until the Odessa game,” head coach Byron Coleman said of his road warriors. “We had to play through a little adversity in that game, but the kids showed they can bear down and they pulled through.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way we’ve started. We’ve played a tough schedule, and I know it’s going to help us down the road.”

AC finally will host its first home stand of the season, facing Cedar Valley College on Wednesday night before playing host to this weekend’s Angelina Classic. Friday’s games will include Tyler Junior College vs. Hill College at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Lady Roadrunners and Eastern Oklahoma College at 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s schedule will see Tyler against Eastern Oklahoma at noon and the Lady Roadrunners and Hill College at 2 p.m.

Lady ‘Runner Natasha Mack has led the team thus far with 23.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and six blocks per game, but Coleman ensured Mack wouldn’t carry the season load alone. Mia Williams is averaging 11.8 points per game, connecting for 41.8 percent of her three-point attempts. Williams hit six three pointers in AC’s win over Collin County.

In addition, Mia Perkins is scoring at a 9.2 points-per-game clip while pulling down seven rebounds per game, Simran Mayfield is averaging 8.8 points per contest and Teeonna Barkley is chipping in with 7.6 points per game.

An even more telling statistic shows how the Lady Roadrunners are spreading the wealth: AC is averaging a whopping 18.2 assists per game.

Wednesday’s game with Cedar Valley tips off at 6 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium. The half time show will feature first-responder students competing in a shooting challenge.

Fans can watch the game via live streaming by visiting the AC Athletics web site at angelinaathletics.com.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

Author

Gary Stallard
Gary Stallard
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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