Acheil Tac Has Successful Start To Pro Career
Former Mean Green Standout Scores 21 Points Against Top Team
VÉTROZ, Switzerland -- North Texas' second all-time leading field-goal shooter by percentage, Acheil Tac, has made an immediate impact on her Switzerland professional team, Helios.
Tac, who made 60 percent of her shots while in Denton from 2012-16, made 10 of her 12 buckets for 21 points Sunday in a 95-48 win over what had been the league's top team, Bellizona. Since Tac joined Helios, the team has won three games and sits in a tie atop the LNA league standings with a 3-1 record. Her 1.5 blocks per game is the second highest average in league.
"It was all very confusing at first, but it's good now," Tac said. "The team is good. It's a great start so far."
Sunday, she also added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the most lopsided win in the league this season.
Tac made her professional debut on Oct. 8 in a 66-52 road win over Pully. Tac played 27 minutes and was double teamed heavily but still contributed with eight rebounds and four points. In her second game, Tac, who had 10 double-doubles last year at North Texas, scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her first professional double-double.
Tac is one of two American born players on Helios. Teammate Kristina Santiago graduated from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo in 2012.
The language barrier hasn't been a problem for the Garland native. Tac says there's a translator who helps with communication between her and the head coach and a few assistant coaches who speak some English.
Tac signed with Helios right before the season started and quickly moved overseas. She hasn't had a whole lot of time to explore, but is living in the town of Vétroz, Switzerland. She says she misses home but is happy.
Helios' next game is on Oct. 23 versus the eighth-place team, BBC Troist. The LNA season lasts through the end of February, with a two-week break during the holidays.