Thursday, March 17, 2005


Former Lynch star Jenna Smith feted by

Former Dallas Bishop Lynch guard Jenna Smith, a member of the 25-5 Trinity Tigers team that lost in overtime to Randolph-Macon in the NCAA Division III Sectionals last week, was named this week to third team All-South Region team by Two of Smith's teammates, center Tara Rhode and backcourt mate Amy Howe, were named to the first and second teams, respectively.

Smith capped her collegiate career by averaging 10.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game for Trinity. The 126 steals broke her own single-season school record of 121 set in 2003-2004. Jenna's 339 career steals leaves her No. 1 on the school's charts with almost twice as many steals as Yanika Daniels, who registered 175 from 1992-1996.

After helping lead Trinity to a national championship two years ago, Smith won her second consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Defensive Player of the Year award and finished second all-time on the conference's career steals list. Smith was also selected to the All-SCAC Second Team -- the third time she has been an all-conference selection.

The younger sister of former Lynch legend and University of Texas standout (1993-1997), Amie, Jenna played four years, logging a record of 111-21 (,841), for head coach Andy Zihlman and helped lead the Friars to three straight championships in 1998-2000. Smith was on the 2001 squad that lost in the semifinals to San Antonio Incarnate Word HS, snapping a record of 12 straight championships for the school’s program. Jenna played at Baylor her freshman year (2001-2002) as a walk-on while the Bears lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Drake in Kim Mulkey-Robertson’s second year as head coach. Smith was joined on the Trinity University roster this year by two other Texas private and parochial high school players: sophomore guard Kate Dawson of Bronwsville St. Joseph and freshman guard Hannah Rinn of San Antonio St. Mary's Hall.

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