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    November 12, 2003

    Nikki Smith Joins Hoosiers

    Bloomington, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball coach Kathi Bennett announced the signing of Nikki Smith to a national letter of intent today.

    Smith, a 5-9 guard out of Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio, averaged 20.0 points per game as a junior en route to earning Associated Press special mention all-state and Northern Lakes League Player-of-the-Year honors for the second consecutive year.

    “We’re excited to have Nikki join this team,” Bennett said. “She is a pure shooter and is really a complete player with the ability to shoot off the dribble and pass. She will be a very good complement to the young post players that are already here.”

    Smith will join an Indiana roster that should remain fully intact next year, pending senior Jamie Gathing’s application for a sixth year of eligibility.

    She made her decision to attend IU while on her official visit.

    “I had one full-day visit to the campus and just enjoyed it so much,” Smith said. “After going on campus and spending time with Coach Bennett, Coach Betthauser, Coach Nixon and the team, I just knew this was a perfect fit.”

    A proven winner at Northview, Smith has led the team to a 65-10 record during her three years there, starting all but one varsity game since arriving as a freshman (she forfeited her starting spot to allow a senior to start on Northview’s Senior Day).

    Smith has already eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career and has led the team to a pair of league championships and a district title. She has scored as many as 30 points in a game and scored 21 points in the first half alone in a regional semifinal game against Wooster High. She has been recognized as the Athlete of the Week by all of the local television stations and was a first-team all-district honoree as both a sophomore and as a junior.

    The daughter of Bruce Smith (a teacher and the head boy’s basketball coach at Toledo Whitmer HS) and Terri Smith (also a teacher at Whitmer), Smith is undecided on what her major will be at Indiana.




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