Smith Earns Second-Straight Valley Newcomer of the Week Honor

Nov. 19, 2012

ST. LOUIS - Sophomore transfer Janae Smith was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the second-straight week, as announced by the league office Monday. It is the second weekly Valley honor for Smith.

Smith just missed a double-double in her third performance as a Redbird, as the forward poured in a career-high 31 points and brought down nine rebounds in ISU's 76-74 loss to Memphis in the third round of the Preseason WNIT. Smith was 11-of-15 from the field, shooting 73 percent and sank 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. She also recorded a steal in 38 minutes of play. In her stellar performance, Smith set or tied a career high in seven categories.

The forward is the second-leading scorer for ISU after three games. She is averaging 18.3 points per game and has brought down 24 boards, with 10 being offensive. Smith is leading the team with three blocks, is second on the team in steals with four and averages 34 minutes per game.

It marks the third weekly honor for the Redbirds. Smith and Jamie Russell swept the Newcomer and Player of the Week honors last week, respectively. Jacqui Kalin from Northern Iowa was named the Valley Player of the Week for her performances against South Dakota and North Dakota State.

Smith and the Redbirds will be back in action Wednesday as they travel to Illinois-Chicago for a 7 p.m., tip-off. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.