Picking Up Where They Left Off Streaking No. 19 Lady Roadrunners Hosting San Jacinto on Saturday


Natasha Mack leads Angelina into Saturday’s conference matchup with San Jacinto College. The No. 19 Lady Roadrunners host the Lady Gators at 2 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

The last time the 19th-ranked Angelina College Lady Roadrunners got a taste of defeat was back on Nov. 4, when the team was still trying on the season’s new roster.

Since then, the Lady ‘Runners have been unstoppable, reeling off 11 straight wins – including two this past week to celebrate the new year.

On Saturday, AC’s ladies will attempt to stretch the streak while trying to remain undefeated at home thus far this season. Next up is the San Jacinto Lady Gators, a group proving a thorn in head coach Byron Coleman’s side for the past two years. San Jac knocked the Lady Roadrunners out of the conference tournament in 2015 and in 2016 and have held the edge in head-to-head matchups over the past two regular seasons.

That was then.

Now, the Lady Roadrunners boast an all-around roster with a potential Player of the Year as its centerpiece. Natasha Mack’s dominance in the post has created room and opportunities for her teammates. For example, in this past week’s win over Hill College, Mack poured in 27 points and pulled down 17 rebounds, while teammates Priscilla Murray, Rexeisha Hollis and Charisma Shepherd scored nine points each.

The day before, Mack finished with 21 points and 13 boards, and Angel Darcus, Mia Williams and Ayesha Davis scored nine each. In that game, the Lady Roadrunners connected for five three pointers as Temple tried packing the paint to stop Mack.

And as proof the Lady Roadrunners aren’t just about a single player, the team averages 17.6 assists per game. Mia Williams leads the team with 4.3 dishes per contest.

San Jac (11-5, 2-3) will counter with Eryka Sidney (16.2 points per game) and Alexis Bryant (15.1 ppg). The Lady Gators will also fire up plenty of long-range shots: The team has combined to hit 99 three pointers at a 30.2 percent rate from behind the line.

Saturday’s game at Shands Gymnasium tips off at 2 p.m. Viewers can catch the live stream action at angelinaathletics.com.

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


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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