Jamie Smith Nominated For NCAA Woman Of The Year
July 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV women's basketball player Jamie Smith is one of two student-athletes from the Mountain West that have been nominated for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award, the league office announced Tuesday.
The award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Nominees, a total of 429, represent all three divisions. Smith joins New Mexico's Kelly Williamson as the nominees from the Mountain West.
Smith, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, recently finished her career at UNLV as the career rebounding leader in both UNLV and MW history with 1,145, and she is only the second player (men or women) in league history to reach the 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound mark in their career (third in school history). The 2008-09 MW Freshman of the Year, she was named MW Honorable Mention as a sophomore and junior before earning a spot on the third team last season while leading the Lady Rebels back to the postseason for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
A four-year member of the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Smith served a two-year stint as one of two UNLV representatives on the Mountain West SAAC. She was also a four-time Academic All-MW and MW Scholar-Athlete honoree, she carried a 3.89 grade point average and graduated in May with a degree in criminal justice.
In order to be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2012 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2012 term, and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.
The top 10 honorees in each division will be announced in August, followed by the top three honorees per division in September. The top 10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 14.