POSTED: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 5:08pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 6:02pm
Former UTEP women’s basketball standout Natasha Lacy has made the opening-night roster with the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA. She will be in uniform with the squad when it christens its 2010 campaign by playing host to the Minnesota Lynx in front of a sold-out crowd at the BOK Center at 6 p.m. MDT Saturday.
Lacy earned her spot with the team through a steady showing at training camp, which ran from April 25- May 7, and then subsequent effort in the Shock’s 90-80 exhibition win against Seattle on May 9. She pitched in eight points, four assists and two rebounds in 17 minutes of playing time-the highest of any reserve and fourth most of any player- in Tulsa’s lone preseason tilt.
The guard will now be mentored by a name very familiar to Miner fans. Nolan Richardson, El Paso native and National Collegiate Hall of Fame member, was named the franchise’s coach and general manager on Oct. 20, 2009.
Lacy concluded a stellar collegiate career at UTEP in March 2008, and has since gone on to play professionally in Europe. Before her time with the Shock, she played for Maccabi Ashdod in the top league in Israel.
She led the team to a second-place showing, as it fell in the championship contest by two points. Lacy poured in 18.5 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per contest and had 5.6 assists per game during the playoff run. She was also productive during the regular season, with 15 ppg, 7 rpg and 5.6 apg.
The native of El Paso compiled some gaudy numbers in a stellar collegiate career. In three years with TCU and one with the Miners, she finished with more than 1,300 points, 750 rebounds, 600 assists and 300 steals.
The 2008 AP Honorable-Mention All-American played a large role in the Miners' record-setting 28-4 2007-08 campaign. She finished eighth in the country in steals per game, setting the single-season school record with 108 total thefts in the process. The 2008 Conference USA Newcomer of the Year was second on the squad in assists (156) and scoring (13.0 ppg), and third in rebounding (5.9 rpg) and total blocks (20).
Lacy filled up the stat sheet like very few can, as the 2008 second-team all-league honoree was second in C-USA in steals, fifth in assists, sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio, 10th in defensive rebounding, 12th in scoring and 17th in overall rebounding.