Six rookies excel in their first year in the classroom
Illinois finished the regular season 11-1 including a 10-game winning streak
Booker was a HR shy of the cycle; Davis, Perez hit game-winning homers
Minnesota scored seven runs on two homers
Minnesota 5, Illinois 1 // Minnesota 2, Illinois 0
Photos from Illinois' game vs. Wisconsin on March 23, 2013
Photos from the Illini's 2013 home opener, a thrilling, come-from-behind extra-inning victory.
Photos from the Illini's 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at the Fighting Illini Invitational.
Photos from the third day of the UNI Dome Tournament, Feb. 10, 2013, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Photos from the Illini's trip to the UNI Dome Tournament on Feb. 8-10, 2013
2013 - Freshman: NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete ... Appeared in 45 games as a freshman, starting 19 in center field ... The first pinch runner off the bench in games she didn't start ... Tallied eight hits, a double, two walks and 11 walks in 54 at-bats, going 7-for-7 in steals ... Was perfect in the center field, tabbing four outfield assists ...Registered her first career stolen base against North Dakota State ... Went 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base vs. Green Bay ... Walked, doubled and scored vs. UNI ... Reached base all three times against Georgia Tech, going 2-for-3. Singled with runners on first and second, but was unable to drive in the run ... Scored the game-tying run as a pinch runner in the bottom of the sixth against No. 19 Kentucky to send the game into extra innings ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases in her start against Saint Louis ... Singled and made several key outs in center in the Minnesota series finale ... Scored as a pinch runner in three straight games from April 23-27, then stole a base on April 28.
High School: 2011 First Team All-Central Texas, All-Region, San Antonio Super Team and All-Comal County ... Three-time all-district selection ... Batted .555 with 51 stolen bases, 46 runs scored and 20 RBIs for New Braunfels in 2011 ... Helped pace New Braunfels Texas High School 5A Area Championship ... Hit .460 with 42 stolen bases, 42 runs scored and 16 RBIs for the Texas Bombers Gold, while the Bombers finished in the top-20 at the 2011 ASA Gold Nationals and Premiere Nationals ... Three-time academic all-district at New Braunfels.
Personal: Born July 7, 1993 ... Parents are Scott and Irma Smith ... Has a younger brother, Gunnar ... Plans to focus her studies at the University of Illinois in communications ... Chose to become an Illini over offers from Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Iowa and additional programs ... Majoring in Broadcast Journalism.
Getting to Know Jade:
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Athlete: Caitlin Lowe
Favorite TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Singer/Band: Lana Del Rey
Favorite Quote: "Live the life you love, love the life you live."
Dream Job: E! News Reporter
Fun Fact about you: I like to do yoga
Favorite Class You've Taken: Art
Who most influenced your athletic career? My dad
Why Illinois? Because of the people and how beautiful it is.
Weirdest Quirk: I like green olives on my pizza.