Smith Earns Sixth Valley Newcomer of the Week Honor

Jan. 7, 2013

ST. LOUIS - Sophomore transfer Janae Smith was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the sixth time this season, as announced by the league office Monday.

Smith had back-to-back double-double performances in the opening weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. Smith has recorded a double-double performance in five of ISU's last six games. Smith led all scorers and rebounders in Illinois State's two wins over the weekend. Against Northern Iowa Friday, the forward tallied 23 points, 12 rebounds was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line, guiding ISU to a 72-41 victory. In an 81-65 win over Bradley Sunday, Smith shot 50 percent from the field (8-of-16), scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She also dished out a career-high six assists and had a block and two steals in 37 minutes.

After two Valley games, Smith is averaging 22 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. On the season, the Matteson, Ill., native is ISU's leading scorer (16.6 ppg) and rebounder (9.5 rpg). Smith is shooting 51 percent from the field and leads the Redbirds with 14 blocks.

It marks the eighth weekly honor for the Redbirds this season. Jamie Russell and Candace Sykes have both earned Valley Player of the Week honors this season. Mallory Ladd from Evansville was named the Valley Player of the Week for her performance against Creighton and Drake last weekend.

Smith and the Redbirds will be back in action this weekend, when they travel to take on Creighton (Jan. 11) and Drake (Jan. 13). ISU's game at Creighton is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. tip-off.

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