The game the Arabs have played this year has been an offensive one, with most wins coming by double digits. But scoring isn't what concerns Jackson. She leaves that to the front-court triumvirate of Jello Moore, Jessica Prock and Sandra Ramos. Jackson's job is to create situations for her teammates to score. So far this year, she has.
From Dec. 28-30, Jackson played some of her best ball for the Arabs in the College of the Desert tournament.
In IVC's first game of the tournament she scored eight points and dished eight assists in a loss to Lassen College. She followed with a 15-point, five-assist, three-rebound, three-steal performance in the team's win over Cuyamaca College. In the final day of the tournament she finished with eight assists as the Arabs upset the No. 9 team in the state, Pasadena City College.
In high school Jackson primarily played shooting guard, not as a scoring threat but as a defensive specialist. You'd never be able to tell she never played point guard previously as she's made a smooth transition into the new position.
While it is one of the most difficult positions to learn, Jackson has taken it in stride.
"Our team needs a point guard. So that's what I'm playing. When I'm out there I don't look to score, I try to get the ball to my teammates," said Jackson. "I'm just looking to make the team better."
Said Tucker: "She's not a real offensive threat, but her presence on the court does make the team better. Her job is to play defense and distribute the ball and when she does score we consider that a bonus."
Jackson has been nursing an injured right ankle, which she sprained in September. According to Tucker, she re-aggravates the ankle every practice. But Jackson plays through the pain and has been an all-around asset to the Arabs.