Fresh off this week’s news that she’d earned the NJCAA Division I Player of the Week award – her third such award in her career – Angelina College’s Natasha Mack led all scorers with 28 points.
But the Lady Roadrunner defense put up some pretty impressive numbers as well.
AC’s overall team defense clamped down hard on the Cedar Valley College Lady Suns, leading to the Lady ‘Runners’ 87-51 win Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.
The win, AC’s first home game of the year, pushed the Lady Roadrunners to a 6-0 start to the season.
Swarming the Suns’ offense all night long, the Lady Roadrunners forced 21 turnovers and swiped 11 steals. AC held Cedar Valley to just six field goals the entire second half.
Along with her 28 points in just 20 minutes of action, Mack collected nine rebounds and blocked four shots. Simran Mayfield and Britney Thompson each added 13 points, with Thompson dishing out five assists. The Lady Roadrunners got 22 points off the bench as well.
Cedar Valley’s Jaryanna Ward led the Lady Suns with 19 points.
The Lady Roadrunners will host the Angelina Classic on Friday and Saturday at Shands Gymnasium. Tyler College and Hill College tip off the action at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by AC and Eastern Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Tyler and Eastern Oklahoma play at 12 p.m., and the Lady Roadrunners and Hill College square off at 2 p.m.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is email@example.com.
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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