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High Noon Highlights (5/19): Natasha Mack resigns with Chicago Sky

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Natasha Mack gets resigned:

Former Cowgirl basketball standout Natasha Mack was picked up 16th overall in the WNBA Draft. However, she was cut from the roster during the training camp period. This came as a bit of a shock as Mack seemed to be a shoo-in to make the roster.

There’s no need to fret though! It was announced yesterday that Mack will be resigned.

The Lufkin, Texas native was the first OSU Cowgirl to be selected in the WNBA Draft since Loryn Goodwin went to the Dallas Wings in 2018. Mack set a school record during the 2020-21 season with 112 blocks, a record that was previously held by her the year before when she recorded 97 rejections. {}

Bundage competing for OLB spot on Steelers:

Former stand-out on the Oklahoma State defense Calvin Bundage is looking as if he might sneak his way onto an NFL Roster. There was a great report written on him and what he’s been doing. Bundage is a great player and deserves to be playing at the next level.

But something to make note of in relevance to the outside backer position is the signing of undrafted rookie free agent, Calvin Bundage, out of Oklahoma State, a player who possesses the versatility that the Steelers treasure, and a burst that could make him a situational pass rusher who can eventually, over time, work himself into the OLB rotation.

Measuring in at 6’2, 221 pounds, Bundage has a compact frame he couples with his bend to work underneath and around offensive tackles, and on top of that, he has the burst to get to his target with immediacy and urgency—a violently quick see-to-do. At Oklahoma State in 2020, following an injury that cost him all of 2019, Bundage assumed a primary role of edge rusher in which he posted 7 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. {}

Travis Ford releases statement:

Last week the cowboy family lost a member of the family. Ford Stuen passed last week at 29 years old from an infection. Ford was a player under his uncle, Travis Ford from 2012 to 2016. Travis wrote a letter that was incredibly kind.

To our team, to Team Blue: Thank you for being there for me and my family. I can’t make it through this without you. Ford loved and respected every single player, coach, and staff member who came through our program. We can all take lessons we learned from Ford to make ourselves better players, better student-athletes, better coaches, and better people. He will always live on within our program. To the Saint Louis University community: Ford loved Saint Louis University. He loved being a Billiken. And he loved the city of St. Louis. Our athletics department is tight. When we succeed, we celebrate. When one of us is hurting, we rally around each other and lift each other up. From day one, we’ve had nothing but support and care from the department and the University, and we are so very thankful. To the basketball community: I’ve received notes from all over the world from coaches and individuals who I didn’t even know Ford had a relationship with. He loved the game of basketball. And he loved our coaching profession. Thank you all for your notes of encouragement to me, my family, and our team. {}

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