McNeese State signs Lady Tigers’ Boyd

Northeast Miss Community CollegeBlake Long/NEMCC

BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College head women’s basketball coach Brian Alexander has announced that Talisa Boyd will continue her collegiate career after signing at McNeese State University.

McNeese State is located in Lake Charles, La., and is a member of the Southland Conference. Sixth-year coach Brooks Donald-Williams has led the Cowgirls to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances after winning two straight league tournament championships.

“The entire Northeast family celebrates with Talisa on her signing a NCAA Division I scholarship,” said Alexander. “Talisa deserves this opportunity and I know she will make a major contribution to the Cowgirls program.”

Boyd fought through adversity in the 2012-13 season to help the Lady Tigers reach the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament title game and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII Tournament.

One of only two sophomores on the entire roster, Boyd averaged 7.7 points-per-game and 7.1 rebounds-per-game as a sophomore at Northeast.

“Northeast is a great place and I wouldn’t have picked any other place to play and finish my junior college career at,” said Boyd. “Being a Lady Tiger is special, we are not only teammates we are sisters and always will be.

“Without each other and having the bond we had, we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish the things we did last season.”

Boyd completed a successful high school career in 2010 by winning the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Class 5A state championship at Natchitoches Central High School. She averaged 11.7 points and 7.8 rebounds her senior year for the Lady Chiefs, which finished 35-1 and ranked as the top team in Louisiana by MaxPreps.com.

The six-foot Boyd chose to attend Panola College in Carthage, Texas, as a freshman and, after sitting out a season, transferred to Northeast for her sophomore campaign.

She made an immediate impact with the Lady Tigers and scored 14 points in an 88-82 overtime victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College in December and a season-high 20 points one week later to lead Northeast over Jackson State Community College, 66-57.

Boyd was selected to play in the annual MACJC All-Star Game and scored four points in the North’s 60-47 win.

“Northeast, my teammates, and coaches made it possible for me to move on to McNeese State,” Boyd said. “I want to thank them for making everything possible and doing everything they have done for me.”

Please visit nemccathletics.com for more information about the Northeast Lady Tiger basketball team and the college’s eight other athletic programs.