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CCRI’ Smith named Second Team All-American!
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball season ended in the District Semi-finals with a 73-56 loss to Lackawanna College from Scranton, PA. But they recently got some great news with Co-Captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, CT) being named NJCAA Division II women’s basketball second team All-American.
Freshman Co-Captain Jahira Smith earned her first All-Region XXI selection a couple weeks ago and now has an All-American honor to cap her spectacular freshman campaign. Smith exploded on the scene for the 2011-12 Lady Knights leading them in almost every statistical category while leading them to their 9th consecutive Region XXI title. Head Coach Kate Lynch commented about Smith: "I am extremely proud of Jahira. It is a very well deserved reward. ‘Jah’ is a tireless worker and is passionate in everything that she is involved in. Jah is the heart and soul of this basketball team and has set the standard for our program. She has stepped up and made big plays when we needed her to. She consistently got her teammates involved and through her hard work, has earned the respect of opposing players and coaches."
Smith is the top scorer with 502 total points averaging 16.2 points per game where she is ranked No. 41 nationally, rebounds with 217 averaging seven rebounds per game, Smith set the single- season record for assists with 183 total and 5.9 per game, blowing away the former record of 156 by Nicole Girard in 2008-09, she is also ranked No. 14 nationally in assists nationally. Smith recorded an impressive 11 double-doubles and one triple-double in her 31 games played. In addition, she tied the single-game assist record when she recorded 14 versus Orange County CC on January 21st, a record she shares with Jessica Aldrich in 1994 and Jen Rado in the 2001-02 season. Lastly, she crushed the CCRI steals record out of the water with 110 steals so far averaging 4.2 per game ranking her No. 8 in the Nation while crushing the former record of 93 held by Lauren Harrington in the 2008-09 season. Making Smith’s numbers even more impressive is that she plays on a very young team with only one sophomore and she moved from playing shooting guard to point guard mid-season and did not miss a beat. Lady Knights’ Head Coach Lynch added: “Jahira has set records in multiple categories. She is already on her way to becoming one of the best players to come out of CCRI. I am really excited to see what she can do in the coming years. What has impressed me the most with Jah is her maturity and unselfishness on and off of the floor. Jah has been a leader for us all year and a consummate team player. She gets her teammates involved on the floor and raises the bar every day.”