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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