50 Nekole Smith
Co-captain ... a versatile post player ... a strong rebounder, who has developed shot-blocking abilities ... has excellent one-on-one offensive skills.
Played in all 29 UMass games, starting three of them ... averaged 20.5 minutes per game, including a season-long 35 minutes in the season opener at Clemson (Nov. 19) ... finished second in scoring and rebounding with 9.0 points and 5.9 boards per game ... recorded double-doubles with 11 points and 15 rebounds versus St. Bonaventure (Jan. 9), 20 points and 10 rebounds at Fordham (Jan. 20) and 10 points and 10 rebounds against George Washington (Feb. 17) ... averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds against St. Bonaventure (Jan. 9) and Xavier (Jan. 14) en route to earning Atlantic 10 Conference Player-of-the-Week honors ... scored in double-digits 11 times ... led the team in scoring six times, scoring a career-high 20 points versus Xavier (Jan. 14) and at Fordham (Jan. 20) ... hit a season-high eight field goals versus Xavier (Jan. 14) and at Fordham (Jan. 20) ... led the team eight times in rebounding pulling down a career-high 15 versus St. Bonaventure ... had four multiple-rebound games ... pulled down a season-high eight offensive boards at Clemson, at Fordham and at Duquesne (Feb. 11) ... recorded four blocks in the series versus St. Bonaventure, two at each venue ... had four two-steal games.
A member of the Atlantic 10 all-Rookie Team ... played in all 30 games, starting 14 ... was the team's third-leading scorer with 9.2 points per game ... averaged 12.3 points per game in Atlantic 10 play ... was the fourth-leading rebounder, pulling down 5.3 boards per game ... led the team in blocks (17) ... had 14 double-digit scoring games ... tallied 15 points and seven rebounds in win at Fordham ... registered 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds (nine offensive) in win over St. Bonaventure ... named Atlantic 10 Rookie-of-the-Week on Feb. 20 ... scored game-high 16 points and had five rebounds in win over Duquesne ... recorded team-high 15 points, five rebounds and two steals in win at Temple ... registered first collegiate double-double with team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in win at St. Bonaventure ... tallied 12 points and four rebounds in win over Fordham ... registered team-high 10 points and five rebounds against Xavier ... recorded 12 points and four rebounds in win at Dayton ... pulled down team-high seven rebounds versus St. Joseph's ... had 19 points and game-high nine rebounds in win over Temple ... recorded 10 points and five boards versus George Washington ... had 11 points and seven rebounds in win over Coppin St. ... registered eight points and eight rebounds in win over La Salle ... named Atlantic 10 Rookie-of-the-Week on Dec. 20 after scoring career-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while grabbing five rebounds in conference-opening win over Rhode Island.
Prior to UMass
A graduate of Huron High School (1998) ... earned four letters in basketball ... played for Coach Chuck Phillips ... was an all-South Central Conference, all-state and USA Today (Michigan) honorable mention selection as a senior ... averaged 16.8 points and 15.2 rebounds ... served as team captain in both her junior and senior years ... also competed in track and field.
Born Nekole Danielle Smith on February 14, 1980 in Detroit, Mich. ... daughter of Kenneth Smith and Gwendolyn Rhodes ... enrolled in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, majoring in sociology.