Wallace Plays in All-Star Weekend
Romekia Wallace, a 6-0 sophomore for the Moberly Area Community College Women’s Basketball program, recently participated in the NJCAA All-Star Weekend at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. The event, which was held July 21-24, featured 40 of the top sophomores in junior college women’s basketball.
Wallace competed on the red team and had 13 rebounds, three steals, and a blocked shot in their first game on Saturday. Despite missing her only three field goal attempts she scored two points in the contest as she converted a pair of free throws to give her team a 76-75 lead with just 3:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Those free throws sparked a 6-0 run that allowed her team to comeback from a 44-34 halftime deficit to claim an 87-83 victory.
On Sunday, Wallace scored six points on three of four shooting, grabbed eight rebounds, and had one steal as her team won 68-66 after trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half. The victory allowed the red team to finish the weekend as the only undefeated team in the four team event.
Wallace enjoyed the experience and believes it will help her heading into her sophomore season with the Greyhound Women. “Overall my experience was great,” said Wallace. “I enjoyed meeting new people and adapting to playing with players I had never played with before. I definitely need to continue to work on being comfortable with using the moves and skills that I have been working on and not just posting up and rebounding.”
“I now know what I should be doing to be able to compete with these types of players,” she continued. “I’ll be able let my teammates know that being there was definitely worth the work and effort that I’ve put in and that the level of competition allows you to compare your game to other players from around the country.”
MACC head coach Chad Killinger, along with his family, made the 14 hour drive to support Wallace and surprised her before the banquet on Friday night. “She didn’t have any idea that we were going to be there,” said Killinger. “When she saw us she came running off the bus and was hugging everyone. It was definitely worth a quick weekend trip to Florida to be there to support her.”
Killinger was impressed with how Wallace approached the weekend and knows it should have an impact on what she is able to bring to the Greyhound Women’s program this fall. “Sometimes it is hard for a forward or post player to be involved offensively in all-star events,” said Killinger. “I thought Romekia did a good job of pursuing rebounds and staying active defensively even though she wasn’t getting a lot of touches on the offensive end. It’s easy to let your offense dictate your defense, but she never got frustrated, was extremely supportive of her teammates, and came up with some big steals and rebounds when her team needed them. That kind of maturity will be essential to our success this upcoming season.”
Wallace averaged 14.0 points per game and led the Greyhound Women in rebounding with 10.1 rebounds per contest during the 2015-2016 season, while being named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American and first team All-Region 16 selection. She ranked 32nd in the country in rebounding average and 42nd in field goal percentage, making 54.3 percent of her attempts. Wallace led MACC in rebounding in 22 of the 25 games she appeared in and led the team in scoring on seven occasions. She recorded 10 double-doubles during her freshman campaign, while reaching double figures in scoring in 20 games, as the Greyhound Women finished the season 18-14 and tied for second in the NJCAA Region 16 regular season standings.