December 3, 2013

Smith Named An Allstate WBCA Good Works Team Nominee

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) was one of 52 Division I Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) nominees selected for the Allstate Good Works Team®. In its second year, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back. A total of 84 women's basketball players from all levels of collegiate play were listed as nominees for the Allstate Good Works Team®.

Smith is a two-time co-captain and has been a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy for three years. She has also been heavily involved in the Worcester community. She serves as the coordinator of Holy Cross' participation in Team Impact and also makes weekly visits to the Parsons Hill Nursing Home in Worcester to interact, play games and talk with senior citizens. This past summer, Smith worked as a summer youth volunteer coordinator intern at the United Way in Worcester. At the internship, she coordinated 13 volunteer events in the Worcester community while managing over 40 youths from 13-17 years old. Smith also plays a vital role in organizing annual events with the team, such as Holy Cross Cares Day, the Mercy Center Basketball Game and the Walk to Cure Cancer.

A Psychology major with a minor in American Sign Language, Smith holds a 3.38 grade-point average. During the 2012-2013 season, she was one of six players named to the Academic All-Patriot League team. She was also a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

This season, Smith is averaging 16.6 points, 5.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game, while shooting at a 53.4 percent clip from the field (31 of 58). She recently became Holy Cross' all-time three-pointers made record holder, as she now has 278 in her career. As of Dec. 1, Smith also leads the country with a 4.38-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and ranks ninth in the nation with 3.6 three-pointers made per game.

From the 84 WBCA nominees submitted by coaches and sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select one 10-member team comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA.

More information about the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.wbca.org

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:

NCAA® Division I

College of The Holy Cross – Alex Smith
East Carolina University – Ariana Jackson
Florida Gulf Coast University – Sarah Hansen
Florida State University – Natasha Howard
Fordham University – Abigail Corning
Furman University – Brigid Morrissey
Georgia Institute of Technology – Shayla Bivins
Harvard University – Kaitlyn Dinkins
Iowa State University – Hallie Christofferson
Kansas State University – Chantay Caron
Louisiana State University – Theresa Plaisance
McNeese State University – NeTanya Jones
Middle Tennessee State University – Janiece Johnson
Montana State University-Bozeman – Jackie Elliott
Norfolk State University – Jazamine Gray
North Carolina A&T State University – Tracy King
Northwestern University – Meghan McKeown
Purdue University – Courtney Moses
Rice University – Nakachi Maduka
Seattle University – Kacie Sowell
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – Jordyn Courier
Stanford University – Chiney Ogwumike
Stephen F. Austin State University – Daylyn Harris
Texas A&M University – Karla Gilbert
University of Akron – Rachel Tecca
University of Alabama – Nikki Hegstetter
University of California-Berkeley – Avigiel Cohen
University of Delaware – Kelsey Buchanan
University of Denver – Theresa Wirth
University of Hartford – Alyssa Englert
University of Hawaii – Kamilah Jackson
University of Illinois – Sarah Hartwell
University of Iowa – Kathryn Reynolds
University of Kentucky – Kastine Evans
University of Louisville – Jude Schimmel
University of Maine – Elizabeth Wood
University of Massachusetts – Jasmine Harris
University of Miami – Maria Brown
University of Missouri-Kansas City – Eilise O'Connor
University of New Hampshire – Kelsey Hogan
University of New Mexico – Sara Halasz
University of North Dakota – Allyssa Wall
University of South Carolina – Elem Ibiam
University of Southern California – Cassie Harberts
University of Southern Mississippi – Niesha Pierce
University of Tennessee at Martin – Heather Butler
University of Virginia – Lexie Gerson
University of Wisconsin – Morgan Paige
West Virginia University – Jessica Harlee
Western Kentucky University – Chaney Means
Winthrop University – Taylor Calvert
Youngstown State University – Heidi Schlegel

NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Central Washington University – Jessica VanDyke
Davenport University – Alison Bouman
Dillard University – Amber Tramel
Gannon University – Jen Papich
Geneva College – Heidi Mann
Georgia College & State University – Shanteona Keys
Hillsdale College – Megan Fogt
Illinois Wesleyan University – Alexa Baltes
Loyola University – Jasmine Brewer
Marymount University – Katelyn Fischer
Metropolitan State University of Denver – Amy Nelson
Minnesota State University-Mankato – Alexandra Wilkinson
Montana State University-Northern – Taylor Cummings
Moravian College – Laura Jordan
Nova Southeastern University – Jessica Valley
Ohio Dominican University – Christina Pentaudi
Oklahoma Wesleyan University – Courtney Backward
Quincy University – Lucy Cramsey
Roosevelt University – Rebecca Williford
Saint Cloud State University – Carley Jeffery
St. Mary's University – Dezirae Elias
Trinity University (Texas) – Hannah Coley
Union College – Amy Loya
University of Alabama-Huntsville – Shannon Steinert
University of Mary Washington – Sam Partonen
University of St. Francis – Paige Stankus
Valley City State University – Brittany Lehner
Warner Pacific College – Jessica Thoens
Washington University in St. Louis – Lucy Montgomery
Westminster College (Mo.) – Leigh Ann Lutz
Wingate University – Jasmine DeBerry
Worcester State University – Michel'le St. Pierre