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Shenneika Smith - St. Johnís
St. Michael Academy
Led St. John's in scoring in each of her final three seasons. Finished career ranked third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in school history in blocks, scoring, rebounding. 2012-13: Earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors for second straight year. Led St. John's in scoring (fifth in BIG EAST) and rebounding (10th) the entire season, posting personal bests in both categories, and was a key reason SJU ranked in top five nationally in blocks all year. Had 19 double-figure scoring efforts, including 10 games of 20-or-more points. 2011-12: An All-BIG EAST First Team after leading SJU in scoring, she also led Red Storm in rebs./game and total blocks. Star turn came Feb. 18 when she sunk game-winning, 3-point shot vs. then-No. 2 ranked UConn's 99-game home winning-streak. 2010-11: As a sophomore, led Red Storm in scoring en route to earning All-BIG EAST Second Team honors. PREP: Her alma mater, St. Michael Academy in NY's Manhattan borough, closed in 2010. PERSONAL: Did not originally play basketball; grew up in Jamaica playing soccer. Moved to NY in middle school and began playing ball with her brothers. A big fan of Geno Auriemma, she gained significant advice from the UConn coach throughout his career, thanks to then-St. John coach Kim Barnes Arico.