Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball player Trenese Smith, a Management major in the College of Business, was recently mentioned as one of the Female College Athletes of the Decade by The Times-Picayune. Smith was fourth in the newspaper’s reader poll behind winner Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State University. Sylvia Fowles (LSU) was second and Janell Burse (Tulane) was third in the poll.
During the 2008-09 season, Smith was named third team NAIA All-American and second team All-Louisiana by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference tapped Smith as the Player of the Year for the third time in her career. Smith was honored as the Allstate Sugar Bowl Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete for the second consecutive year.
In 2007-08, Smith earned second team NAIA All-American and first team LSWA All-Louisiana honors. She set the Loyola single season scoring record with 690 points, and in a game against Dillard, she set the single game mark with 39 points where she had a GCAC record 10 three-pointers.
Smith was the GCAC Freshman of the Year in 2006-07. That same year, she was honored as All-American honorable mention and second team All-Louisiana.
During her career, Smith appeared in the NAIA National Tournament the three times, which included an Elite Eight appearance in 2007-08. The Wolfpack has won the GCAC regular season championship three times and GCAC Tournament Title twice. Loyola has a 91-32 record for a winning percentage of .740 with Smith in the lineup.
This season, the LaPlace native broke the 2,000 point barrier and is the leading scorer in Loyola women’s basketball history. Smith is averaging 17.6 points per game which is 24th in the NAIA in scoring.
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