Women's Basketball


Jenna Smith
Jenna Smith
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bloomington, Minn.

High School:
Kennedy High School

Height:
6-3

Position:
Center

Jenna Smith


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
• Drafted by the Washington Mystics with the 14th pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft
• Honorable Mention All-American in 2008
• Three-time First Team All-Big Ten - 2008, 2009 and 2010
• Illinois career leader in points, rebounds, blocks, double-double and games started
• One of four players in Big Ten history with 2,000+ pts. and 1,000+ rebs. in career
• Big Ten single-season rebound record holder with 387 in 2009-10
• Six-time Big Ten Player of the Week

CAREER MILESTONES / RECORDS
Finished career as Illinois all-time leader in points (2,160), rebounds (1,217), blocked shots (231), double-doubles (53), FG attempted (1,639), games started (121) and minutes played (4,561) ... Also ranked second on UI career lists in FG made (813), FT made (488) and games played (130) and fifth in FT percentage (.811) ... One of just four players in Big Ten history with 2,000+ career points and 1,000+ career boards ... Finished career ranked second in Big Ten history with 1,217 career rebounds and is also ninth in blocks (231) and 10th in points (2,160) ... One of just two players in Big Ten history to rank in the conference's all-time top-10 in points, rebounds and blocks ... Ranks first all-time in Big Ten Tournament rebounding, with 84 career boards in the conference tournament ... Had a school-record streak of 54 straight games scoring in double-figures from Feb. 28, 2008-Jan. 14, 2010 ... Earned a bachelor's degree in community health in May of 2010.

AT ILLINOIS
2009-10 - Senior: First team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media for the third straight season (unanimous selection by media) ... One of 30 midseason candidates for the 2010 Naismith Trophy ... Finalist for WBCA All-America Honors ... Broke the Big Ten and Illinois single-season rebounding records with 387 boards ... Broke Illinois' single-season blocks record for the third straight season with 70 ... Ranked second in the NCAA with a school-record 21 double-doubles, eighth in rebounding (11.4) and 10th in FT percentage (.884) ... Led the Big Ten in rebounding (11.4 rpg), FT percentage (.884), double-doubles (21) and minutes (36.94 mpg) and ranked second in FG percentage (.501), third in scoring (18.1 ppg) and fourth in blocks (2.1) ... One of just seven players in the country to average 18+ points and 10+ rebounds per game ... Played in all 34 games, starting 33 ... Became the top scorer in Illinois history, male or female, with 29 points in the WNIT second round win over Marquette on March 22, surpassing Deon Thomas' UI men's scoring record of 2,129 points ... Became Illinois women's career scoring leader with 21 points at at Western Kentucky on March 19 in the WNIT first round, passing Ashley Berggren's old record of 2,089 ... Set a Big Ten Tournament single-game record with 19 rebounds against Indiana on March 4 ... Scored her 2,000th career point at Iowa on Feb. 14, becoming the second player in Illinois history and 13th player in Big Ten history to reach the milestone ... Scored a career-high 34 points in the win over Northestern on Feb. 11, going 13-of-16 from the field and hitting a career-high five three-pointers. Started out the game 11-for-11 from the field and scored 28 points in the first 12:39 ... Grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against Indiana on Feb. 7 ... Broke her own single-game blocks record with seven swats at Purdue on Feb. 4 ... Broke UI career rebounding record on Jan. 17 at Wisconsin, surpassing Cindy Dallas' previous record of 1,014 ... Grabbed the 1,000th rebound of her career against Minnesota on Jan. 10, finishing with 26 points and 11 rebounds ... Earned her third Big Ten Player of the Week honor of the season on Jan. 4, averaging 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in the home wins over Penn State and Wisconsin ... Broke the Illinois career double-doubles record against #6 Ohio State on Dec. 28 ... Earned back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. The first came after she averaged 20.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in wins over Illinois State, Cal Poly and Alabama. The second came after she had 27 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the comeback win at Wake Forest ... Named MVP of the Holiday Beach Classic after averaging 21.0 points, 15.0 rebs. and 3.0 blk. in wins over Cal Poly (Nov. 28) and Alabama (Nov. 29) ... Named to preseason watch lists for the State Farm Wade Trophy, the Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... Named Team MVP for the third straight season and won the Ralf Woods Free Throw Excellence Award for the second time at the postseason banquet ... Preseason All-Big Ten Selection.

2008-09 - Junior: First team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media for the second consecutive year ... Was third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.5 ppg) and blocked shots (2.0) and sixth in rebounding (8.6) ... Led the conference and ranked fourth in the nation in minutes per game (38.7) ... Scored double-figures in all 31 games ... Set the Illinois career blocks record on March 1 against Minnesota ... Broke her own single-season blocks record with 63 ... Had 10 double-doubles on the season, including eight in conference play to rank second in the Big Ten ... Led the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (3.39) and minutes played (39. 44) in conference play ... Named to the 50-player Naismith Award Watch List ... Played and started in all 31 games ... Selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, averaging 23.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in Illinois' two games ... Surpassed the 1,000 point milestone in season opener at IPFW, scoring 29 points ... Passed the 1,500 point milestone in the Big Ten Tournament, becoming just the third Illini to reach that total in less than three seasons ... Named the team MVP and Most Inspirational Player and also won the Ralf Wood Free Throw Excellence Award at the postseason awards banquet ... Preseason All-Big Ten.

2007-08 - Sophomore: Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American ... Regional Finalist for WBCA All-America Honors ... First team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media (unanimous selection by media) ... Played and started in all 35 games, leading the Big Ten in minutes played (37.3 per game) ... Had 59 blocked shots on the year to break the 25 year-old Illinois single-season blocks record of 57 ... Earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Tournament Team after averaging 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while carrying the Illini to the championship game ... Fell one rebound shy of breaking the Big Ten Tournament rebounding record of 38 set by Purdue's Stacey Lovelace in 1996 ... Led the Big Ten with 16 double-doubles on the season ... Scored 20+ points a Big Ten-best 14 times and 30+ points three times, which ranked second ... Finished the season ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (9.4) ... One of only eight players in the nation to average at least 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game ... Scored in double figures in 34 of 35 games on the season and held a streak of 28 straight games in double digits that was snapped on Feb. 24 vs. Michigan ... Hit 11-of-26 from three-point land for the season (.423) and 5-of-7 behind the arc in the Big Ten Tournament (.714) ... Three-time Big Ten Player of the Week - the first Illini to earn the honor three times in one season since 1985-86 ... Named MVP of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic after leading Illinois to the tournament title ... Set a new school record by hitting 13-of-13 from the free throw line against Providence on Nov. 25 ... Scored a season-high 32 points on Nov. 18 vs. SIU, the most by an Illini since 2001 ... Had season rebounding best on Nov. 9 at EIU with 19 boards, the most by an Illini since 1989, including 10 offensive boards ... Named the team's Most Valuable Player at the postseason awards banquet.

2006-07 - Freshman: Played in 30 games, starting 22 at center ... Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection ... Led all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding for both all games (7.8) and conference games (8.5) ... Led the Big Ten in offensive rebounding in conference games (3.60) ... Broke the UI freshman rebounding record (233) and tied the frosh blocked shots record along with fellow freshman Lacey Simpson (39) ... Had six double-doubles on the season, including four during Big Ten play, which led all league freshmen ... Grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds at Indiana on Feb. 18, which was the second-highest single-game rebounding total in the Big Ten in 2006-07 ... Ranked third among Big Ten freshmen in scoring (11.1) ... Led Big Ten freshmen in FT percentage (.767) and ranked second among league rookies in FG percentage (.514) and blocks (1.30) ... Ranked third in the conference in overall rebounds (8.5), seventh in blocks (1.27), eighth in defensive rebounds (4.87) and eighth FG percentage (.489) in Big Ten games ... Swatted a career-high five shots at Wisconsin ... Netted a season-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting vs. Florida on Dec. 5, while also grabbing 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.

HIGH SCHOOL
Was the 69th-ranked senior in the class of 2006 by Blue Star Report and was listed as the No. 24 center in the class by All-Star Girls Report ... Named Minnesota's Ms. Basketball and Associated Press Player of the Year after leading Kennedy to a 30-2 record and runner-up finish in the Class 4A State Tournament as a senior ... Also named Minneapolis Star-Tribune Metro Player of the Year ... Averaged 20.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 3.3 steals per game and also shot 55 percent from the field, 47 percent from the three-point line and 74 percent from the free throw line for the Eagles ... Blew up for a career-high 37 points vs. Minneapolis Henry and had a triple-double vs. Lakeville South (25 p, 11 r, 12 b) ... Averaged 20.3 pts. and 9.9 rebs. as a junior in 2004-05 while leading Kennedy to the Class 4A State Championship with a 28-2 record ... Named first team All-State, All-Metro and All-Lake Conference as a junior and senior ... Was third team All-Metro and first team All-Conference pick as a sophomore after averaging 16.7 pts., 9.5 rebs. and 4.5 blks. ... Holds the Minnesota career record for blocked shots ... Also played for the Minnesota Sugga Storm AAU Team under coach Willie Tyler.

PERSONAL
Born July 25, 1988, in Des Moines, Iowa ... Earned bachelor's degree in community health in May 2010 ... Daughter of Frank Smith and Gigi Gilbert ... Has one brother, Frankie ... Also played soccer at Kennedy H.S. ... Received the Regional ATHENA Award in 2006 ... Chose Illinois over Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska.

GETTING TO KNOW JENNA...
Nickname: JJ or J
Why Illinois? I liked the coaching staff and the players that were here. They got to know me on a different level. I love the college campus and how everyone supports the athletes.
Favorite Place On Campus: My house because I can hang out with my roommate Chichi and just be able to have time for myself. Another place that is quite fun is hanging out with Diane Hobin in her office!
Best Memory As An Illini: The Big Ten Tournament run my sophomore year. Another great memory in my sophomore year was seeing the seniors shine on Senior Night against Purdue. They were all excited!
Favorite Coach Law Quote: "Come out of yourself."
What I've Learned From Coach Law: When you are weak and want to quit, you push through the pain. You really find out what you are made of when times are tough. You look outside yourself and push for a bigger reason.
Favorite Athletes: Chauncey Billups, Seimone Augustus, Diana Taurasi, Kevin Garnett, Dwayne Wade
Favorite Fighting Illini Athletes: Chichi Nweke (soccer), Ashley Wright and Ashley Conrad (softball)
Favorite Sports Teams: Boston Celtics and Minnesota Lynx
Favorite Movies: The Proposal, Love and Basketball, The Notebook and any I Love Lucy movie
Favorite TV Shows: I LOVE LUCY!, The Hills, The Game, Tiny & Toya, As Told By Ginger, Hey Arnold
Favorite Singers: Ne-Yo, Musiq Soulchild, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Maxwell
Favorite Meals: Mac & cheese. Anything with cheese. CHIPOTLE! Not a picky eater.
Favorite Activities Outside Of Basketball: Hanging out, relaxing with my friends, being active, bowling
Something Most People Don't Know About Me: I love cheeeeeese! Everything I eat has to have lots of cheese.
Pregame Superstition: I do the Mikan drill and have to have three different kinds of gum. Also, I talk to my parents on the way to every game.

SMITH'S CAREER STATISTICS

Minutes Total 3-Point F-Throws Rebounds
Year gp-gs min avg fg fga pct fg fga pct ft fta pct off def tot avg pf fo ast t/o blk stl pts avg
2006-07 30-22 800 26.7 130 253 .514 1 3 .333 71 92 .772 88 145 233 7.8 56 0 55 42 39 18 332 11.1
2007-08 35-35 1305 37.3 239 475 .503 11 26 .423 151 194 .778 104 225 329 9.4 66 0 71 92 59 37 640 18.3
2008-09 31-31 1200 38.7 220 464 .474 4 24 .167 129 161 .801 95 173 268 8.6 77 1 57 86 63 34 573 18.5
2009-10 34-33 1256 36.9 224 447 .501 30 76 .395 137 155 .884 93 294 387 11.4 86 0 72 79 70 28 615 18.1
TOTAL 130-121 4561 35.1 813 1639 .496 46 129 .357 488 602 .811 380 837 1217 9.4 285 1 255 299 231 117 2160 16.6

updated May 2010

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