Catching Up With Former Miner Natasha Lacy
Former UTEP women's basketball standout and current pro player, Natasha Lacy, took some time recently to participate in a Q/A session exclusively for UTEPathletics.com. This is the second installment of catching up with former Miners who have gone on to successful pro careers. Click here to read the first edition which was a QA with Kasia Krezel, and be sure to check back in the coming weeks for Q/As with Izabela Piekarska and Claudia Porras.
What is the best thing about being a pro basketball player?
Honestly the traveling is amazing. Visiting different parts of the world is wonderful. Not to mention the moneyJ
What would the average fan be surprised to find out about pro basketball?
Even though basketball is fun and is a game, there is a lot of work and practicing that goes into it. Overseas, we practiced three times a day sometimes.
What was the toughest adjustment in going from the collegiate level to the pro level?
Everything was a huge adjustment. All the little things make a difference. Not only do you have to elevate your game because of competition, but also your work ethic and basketball IQ has to become superb.
What type of success have you had, both individually and your team as well?
I ranked in the top 10 in EuroCup in assists and steals, and was the second-leading scorer on my Eurocup. We advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time, and finished ranked No. 9. When I played in the Israel league, I had back-to-back triple doubles. I was also the MVP that first week. At the Las Vegas Pro Am, I was the MVP and my team won the event.
What advice would you give to young female basketball players?
Play hard and train harder. Never stop believing.
How did your experience at UTEP help you in your basketball career?
Coach Adams and her staff expected 100% commitment from us each and every day. That commitment helped me not only sacrifice myself for the team, but also helped me become a great team player.
What was your best experience with the Miners?
Going to the NCAA Dance and being undefeated in conference play and at home. Also it was great to play for Coach Adams.
Is there anything you want to tell the people of El Paso? Everyone is so proud of what you've achieved?
Thank you El Paso for the support you have given me throughout these years. I really appreciate it. And the best is yet to come!!! Go Miners!!!
If you could turn the time back, would you come back to play for UTEP?
Of course! All four years!