Smith begins her first season in Indiana, following a year at Washington and six with the Sting…she is an experienced veteran who can play both forward positions, and either inside and outside…she has been a starter through seven WNBA seasons…she is the most honored women’s player in UNC history, where she is currently an assistant coach, helping guide the Tar Heels to the 2006 Final Four.
PRO - WNBA
2005: One of three players to start every game for the Washington Mystics, she averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.5 minutes per game…she 11 blocked shots, which was tied for third on the team…she led the Mystics with 42 3-pt FG and was the top long-range shooter on the team at 42.0 percent…that was her second straight season of shooting better than 40 percent from 3-pt range and in those two seasons, she shot 71-158 (.449) from 3-pt range…on her way to a season-best 17 points vs. the Los Angles, 5/26, she shot 4-8 from 3-pt range, tying her most 3-pt FG ever in the WNBA…17 points was one short of her career-high…she also had 17 points at Connecticut, 8/14, and she scored in double figures a total of 10 times…in that game against the Sun, she fell one rebound short of a double-double and her nine boards was her most on the season…in the Mystics' double-overtime win vs. the Fever, 6/18, she tied a career-high with six assists and scored eight of her 11 points in the second extra period, including a 3-pt FG on back-to-back possessions that gave Washington the lead for good. 2004: She started all 34 games for the Sting at the power forward position and averaged 8.2 ppg, the highest of her WNBA career...she also finished the year with averages of 4.1 rpg and 1.2 apg...she led the WNBA in 3-pt field goal percentage at 50.0 percent (29-58)...she scored 10+ points on 14 occasions and posted her first career double-double at Connecticut, 6/18, with 11 points and 10 rebounds...she scored a career-high 18 points vs. New York, 6/1...she recorded the 1,000th point of her WNBA career at Washington, 7/15. 2003: Smith averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 16.4 mpg...she scored a season-high 10 points vs. Washington, 5/23...she led the team in rebounds twice, grabbing a season-high seven rebounds on two occasions, once vs. Washington, 5/23, and again at Los Angeles, 8/2...she missed six games due to a left Achilles strain. 2002: One of four Sting players to start every game in 2002, she averaged 8.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg…she registered career highs in 3-pt field goals made (4) and blocks (4) vs. Sacramento, 7/19…she led the Sting in rebounding two times and assists on three occasions…she scored a season-high 14 points vs. the Monarchs, 7/19. 2001: She played in 30 games, starting 24...she averaged 5.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.7 apg in 22.6 mpg...she scored in double figures twice and led the led the Sting in scoring both times…she also led Charlotte in rebounds five times and in assists three times...she scored a season-high 13 points vs. Orlando, 7/12...she handed out a season-high five assists vs. Orlando, 7/20...she just missed the first double-double of her WNBA career with a season-high 10 rebounds and nine points against Washington, 7/26. 2000: She played in 30 of 32 games missing two contests due to a knee injury...she averaged 5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.8 apg…from 3-pt range, she hit 24-76 (.316) on the season...she scored a season-high 17 points, including 4-6 3-pt FG, vs. the Liberty, 7/28...she topped double figures in scoring five times and in rebounding once. 1999: She averaged 5.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.8 apg...in just the ninth game of her WNBA career, she made her first start and recorded a career-best 11 rebounds against Orlando, 7/3…she scored in double figures five times, including a season-high 12 points vs. Orlando, 7/9, and against Washington, 7/17...she played in all 32 games, starting the final 24 in place of an injured Tracy Reid.
2003: A starter in each of her first 10 postseason appearances, she came off the bench and totaled seven minutes in two games for the Sting. 2002: Smith averaged 6.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in two first-round games vs. Washington…she tied a playoff career-high with 10 points vs. Washington, 8/17. 2001: On the Sting's road to the WNBA Finals, she started all eight games, averaging 5.9 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 28.0 mpg…she scored a postseason career-high 10 points twice, including Game 1 of the WNBA Finals vs. L.A., 8/30…in that game, she made 3-6 from 3-pt range. 1999: In her WNBA postseason debut, she scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in Charlotte's first-round game against Detroit, 8/24...in the second-round series vs. New York she averaged 8.7 ppg and 4.6 rpg in three games.
PRO - ABL
She ranks ninth on the American Basketball League's career rebounds list (558), sixth in free throw attempts (454) and eighth in offensive rebounds (237). 1998-99: Playing for the San Jose Lasers, she averaged 7.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 13 games. 1997-98: She averaged 12.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg for the Lasers while hitting 48.8 percent of her field goal attempts and 73.8 percent of her free throws...she was named to the ABL All-Star Team. 1996-97: Playing for the Colorado Explosion, she averaged 15.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg...she shot 41.9 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from the foul line…she was named ABL Player of the Week on November 11.
PRO - OVERSEAS
She played in Italy during the 1999-00 and 1995-96 winters...during the 1995-96 season, she averaged 20.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg and was named MVP of the Italian All-Star Game.
The most decorated player in the history of the University of North Carolina women's basketball program, she is the only North Carolina women's basketball player to have had her jersey retired….she was named National Player of the Year by ESPN in 1995 following a career in which she scored 2,094 points (third all-time at North Carolina) and grabbed 1,200 rebounds (second all-time at North Carolina)...she is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1994 NCAA Championship game, when her buzzer-beating 3-pt FG gave the Tar Heels the national crown with a 60-59 win over Louisiana Tech…she also had a championship-record 23 rebounds in that game and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player…the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in 1992, Smith earned All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP honors in her junior and senior seasons as the Tar Heels claimed back-to-back conference crowns…as a senior, she was named All-America by Kodak, the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association…in 2002, she was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team as one of the top players in conference history…she also was honored as the 10th-best female athlete in the history of the league…early in her senior season, she became just the second collegiate women's player to dunk in a game when she did so against North Carolina A&T, 12/4/94.
She has made numerous international appearances for U.S. teams…she was MVP of the 1996 USA Basketball Jones Cup squad, which won a gold medal…she also played for the 1997 USA Basketball Women's International Invitational team, the 1995 World University Games team, the 1994 U.S. Select Team, the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival South team and the 1992 Junior World Championship Qualifying team.