Two undefeated teams, with one of them ranked fourth in the nation.
Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunners (10-0) will close out the semester in style by hosting No. 4 Trinity Valley College (9-0) in a Wednesday night showdown at Shands Gymnasium.
AC head coach Byron Coleman, who has had his share of success against the perennial powerhouse Lady Cardinals, said he expects the game to surpass expectations, especially given his team’s overall skill set.
“They’re Trinity Valley, and they’ve always got a great team. (Head coach) Gerald Ewing does a fantastic job,” Coleman said. “They have great players, All-American type players, but we’ve got an All-American on our side with Natasha Mack. Both teams have those impact players, but it’s going to be the so-called ‘non-impact’ players who are going to decide this game. The role players will need to step up, and the team that has the most success with those players off the bench will be the most successful.”
Mack just missed out on a rare triple-double in Saturday’s conference win over Kilgore College, finishing with 29 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Teammate and fellow post sidekick Mia Perkins also added a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds – with nine of those on the offensive end, leading to 19 second-chance points in AC’s 76-55 win.
“That was a fabulous game from Mia Perkins,” Coleman said. “She’s struggle a little with her touch, and she needed a big game. Sometimes you think of a big game as offensively, but she had a big game on the defensive end and on the glass. That was a tremendous bounce-back game for Mia.”
Statistically, the teams are evenly matched: AC scores an average of 81. 7 points per game while allowing just 61. 2 points. TVCC’s offense generates 84.2 ppg while holding opponents to 50.4 points. The Lady ‘Runners’ edge could come in an unselfish manner: AC averages nearly 11 assists per game to the Lady Cards’ six. Mack, AC’s leading scorer, accounts for at least two of those dishes each contest.
Additionally, the Lady Roadrunners have a solid perimeter game. Britney Thompson leads the conference in three-point percentage, hitting 55.2 percent of her long-distance attempts. Mia Williams is fourth in the league at 42.9 percent. The Lady Cards’ Curtessia Dean (42.9 percent) and Tra’Dayja Smith (40.7 percent), third and fifth in the league, respectively.
Throughout the game, Angelina College will honor Lufkin Coca Cola for its more than 40 years of community service.
Game time on Wednesday is 6 p.m. Fans can watch the action via live stream by visiting angelinaathletics.com.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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