Lady Rebels Add Another Spring Transfer|
May 23, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - A second Division I women's basketball player has made the move to transfer to the UNLV women's basketball program this spring, as LaTecia Smith is leaving Seton Hall for the Lady Rebels head coach Kathy Olivier announced on Tuesday. Smith will sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules, and will have two years of eligibility remaining after playing her freshman and sophomore seasons for the Pirates.
A 5-6 guard and native of Gardena, Calif., Smith makes the move back to the West Coast after her two years in South Orange, N.J., where she appeared in 59 games and made 28 starts, including 25 this past season. In her sophomore campaign, Smith was tied for third on the Pirates in scoring with 8.9 points per game, and was second on the team in both assists (77) and steals (49). That followed a freshman year in which she averaged 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for a Seton Hall squad that received an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Smith, ranked as the No. 84 national recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz for 2014-15, was named the City Open Division Player of the Year after averaging 18.3 points and 7.6 rebounds as a senior for Narbonne High School. She was a three-time First Team All-City selection, and the Marine League consensus selection for Most Valuable Player three years in a row.
"LaTecia is an explosive perimeter player that can finish strong to the basket," said Olivier. "She's a hard worker who loves to compete, and we're excited to have another good student who is psyched to be a Lady Rebel."
UNLV is bringing back a stacked roster for the 2017-18 season, as 10 players, including four starters, return from last year's squad that posted a 22-11 overall record and earned an at-large bid to the WNIT.