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50   Nekole Smith
Nekole Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ann Arbor, Mich.

High School:
Huron H.S.

Height:
6-2

Position:
Forward/Center

Birthdate:
02/14/1980


-- 2002-03 Co-Captain --

2001-2002 Season:

Played in 29 games, making six starts ... averaged 16.8 minutes, 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game ... had 11 double-figure scoring games and one double-figure rebounding performance ... shot a team-high .476 (99-208) from the field ... also had 20 assists, eight blocks and 19 steals ... made her first career three-pointer at Duquesne (Jan. 17) ... dished out a career-high four assists at La Salle (Jan. 10 and March 1) ... tied a career-high with two blocked shots vs. Temple (Jan. 3) and at Fordham (Feb. 7) ... tied a career-high with two steals at Rhode Island (Jan. 21) ... scored a season-high 18 points vs. Dayton (Jan. 31) ... scored 16 points vs. Richmond (March 2) ... scored 15 points at Vermont (Dec. 2) and at St. Bonaventure (Feb. 21) ... tallied 14 points vs. Alabama (Dec. 29) ... scored 13 points vs. St. Bonaventure (Feb. 10) ... scored 12 points and pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds vs. Rider (Dec. 30) ... also scored 12 points in two games against Rhode Island (Jan. 21 and Jan. 28).

2000-2001 Season:

A medical redshirt after dislocating her left knee in the preseason ... named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

1999-2000 Season:

Played in all 29 games, starting three of them ... averaged 20.5 mpg, 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 rebounds per game ... recorded double-doubles with 11 points and 15 rebounds vs. 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, including a season-high 20 points vs. Xavier (Jan. 14) and at Fordham (Jan. 20) ... hit a season-high eight field goals vs. Xavier (Jan. 14) and at Fordham (Jan. 20) ... led the team eight times in rebounding pulling down a career-high 15 vs. St. Bonaventure ... had four double-digit 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 vs. St. Bonaventure, two at each venue ... had four two-steal games.

1998-1999 Season:

A member of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team ... played in all 30 games, starting 14 ... was the team's third-leading scorer averaging 9.2 points per game ... averaged 12.3 points per game in Atlantic 10 play ... was the team's fourth-leading rebounder, pulling down 5.3 rebounds per game ... led the team with 17 blocks ... had 14 double-digit scoring games ... tallied 15 points and seven rebounds at Fordham (Feb. 21) ... registered 17 points and a then-career-high 12 rebounds (nine offensive) vs. St. Bonaventure (Jan. 28) ... named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (Feb. 20) ... scored game-high 16 points and had five rebounds in win over Duquesne (Feb. 14) ... recorded team-high 15 points, five rebounds and two steals at Temple (Feb. 5) ... tallied 12 points and four rebounds vs. Fordham (Jan. 31) ... registered team-high 10 points and five rebounds against Xavier (Feb. 27) ... recorded 12 points and four rebounds at Dayton (Jan. 22) ... pulled down team-high seven rebounds vs. Saint Joseph's (Jan. 14) ... had 19 points and game-high nine rebounds vs. Temple (Jan. 16) ... recorded 10 points and five boards at George Washington (Jan. 7) ... had 11 points and seven rebounds in win over Coppin St. (Dec. 29) ... rnamed 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 (Jan. 19).

Prior to UMass:

A graduate of Huron (Mich.) High School (1998) ... earned four letters in basketball ... played for Coach Chuck Phillips ... was 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.

Personal:

Born Nekole Danielle Smith on February 14, 1980, in Detroit, Mich. ... daughter of Kenneth Smith and Gwendolyn Rhodes ... a BDIC major.

Nekole Smith at UMass

YEAR
GP-GS
FG-FGA
Pct.
3FG-FGA
Pct.
FT-FTA
Pct.
Rebounds
Avg.
Ast
Blk
St
Pts
Avg.
1998-99
30-14
119-224
.531
0-0
.000
38-58
.655
78-81-159
5.3
16
17
16
276
9.2
1999-00
29-3
110-250
.440
0-0
.000
42-66
.636
88-83-171
5.9
16
8
19
262
9.0
2000-01
Redshirted
2001-02
29-6
99-208
.476
1-2
.500
47-89
.528
61-64-125
4.3
20
8
19
246
8.5
Career
88-23
328-682
.481
1-2
.500
127-213
.596
225-228-455
5.2
52
33
54
784
8.9

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