Smith Named IU Athlete of the Week
Dec. 19, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a weekly basis, IUHOOSIERS.com will recognize the top performance in Hoosier Athletics by selecting an IU Athlete of the Week. For the week ending Dec. 17, junior guard Nikki Smith was the winner. The honor was the second for Smith and the IU women's basketball team this season.
Smith has scored in double-figures in nine of IU's 12 games, including a career-high 24 points in the Hoosiers' 73-66 win over Southern Illinois on Dec. 16. She sank a 3-pointer with 5:13 left in the game that gave IU the advantage for the remainder of the game, while also scoring the final nine points for the Hoosiers. Smith hit 7-of-11 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and went 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
The 5-9 guard is currently averaging a team-high 13.5 points per game, and is shooting 43.4 percent (49-of-113) from the field and a 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the 3-point line. Smith is also shooting a team-best 85.7 (36-of-42) from the charity stripe.
The Hoosiers close the non-conference portion of the schedule when they host Kansas on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. (EST) in Assembly Hall.
Smith was one of many Hoosier athletes that turned in strong performances on the week, including A.J. Ratliff (men's basketball) and Angel Escobedo (wrestling).
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