2016 Annual Report - page 14

Alum Goes Beyond> Down Under
You might say TAMIU alumni and former Dustdevil
Basketball standout Malika Jackson (’15) really took the
University’s “Go Beyond” mantra to heart: this year, she
signed her second professional contract in the Australian Big V
Basketball League.
The 2016 regular season ended with Jackson at the top of
three statistical categories. She led the Big V League with 430
points, 83 free-throws made -- and led the League in scoring
with 22.6 points per game. Jackson averaged a double-double
over the course of her first season, with 11.1 rebounds per
game, which ranked fifth in the League. Additionally, Jackson
ranked fifth in Total Rebounds (210) and second in Defensive
Rebounds (160).
In October, Jackson signed a new contract for the 2017
season. She’ll play for the Chelsea Gulls in the 2017 season.
They’re headquartered in Chelsea, near Melbourne,Victoria,
nearly 8,000 miles away from her California home.
Jackson enjoyed a two-year career at TAMIU where she
was named the first All-American inWomen’s Basketball
history. She led TAMIU’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA
Division II national tournament in 2013-14. She was named
to the All Heartland Conference team for her efforts, and the
Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for academic and
athletic achievement. She earned her B.S. in Kinesiology.
While a Dustdevil, she proved she could be an impact
player, something that’s already been imported to Chelsea.
Thanks, Malika, for going beyond…and continuing to make
us proud of our first Down Under Dustdevil!
Dustdevil Student-Athletes Lead Conference
as Community Service Champs
When you’re a TAMIU Dustdevil student-athlete, you
don’t just serve on the court or field…you serve in the
community too.
This year,TAMIU Dustdevils are off to a blazing start,
generating impressive, Heartland Conference-leading
numbers for community service this 2016-17 season.
Members of nine of TAMIU’s 11 athletic teams have
contributed 450-plus community service hours to over 16
events through the fall semester…an equivalent value of
$9,900.With over a dozen service opportunities before
the semester ends, the impact of TAMIU’s student athlete
community service can only increase.
Associate athletics director Dan Lathey saidTAMIU
Athletics has always strived to make an impact in the
community and its list of community partners is always
“Our community partners always complement our
athlete’s dedication and our athletes always show great
energy for accomplishing the task at hand; it’s a rewarding
set-up for everyone. This year, we have helped 10 local
agencies,” Lathey said.
Dustdevil student-athletes are eager to help
educational or nonprofit entities, Lathey said, “Call on us
and we’ll be happy to discuss options.”
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