Kimberly Smith named C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year
July 9, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Former Florida Atlantic University guard Kimberly Smith has earned a 2013-14 Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for women's basketball, as announced today by C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky. The award is based on academic and athletic achievement as well as community service, and presented to the top student-athlete in each of C-USA's 20 recognized sports.
Smith, a four-year member of the FAU women's basketball team, rewrote both the FAU and C-USA record books in her final year as an Owl under head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay. She set seven individual records and led the Owls to set or tie an astounding 14 Conference USA team records.
"I am extremely proud of Kim," Lewis-Jay said. "I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award. She epitomizes who and what we want our program to be about. This is a great way for Kim to end her legacy at Florida Atlantic University."
Off the court, Smith was one of five players named to the C-USA All-Academic team with a 3.608 G.P.A. She is double-majoring in social studies education and history, with extensive community service that includes volunteering at schools and senior communities around the Boca Raton area.
""We are very proud of Kim and her accomplishments both academically and athletically," said Marlon Dechausay, director of FAU's Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence and associate athletic director. "She embodies everything that it means to be a true student-athlete and this award further strengthens that. Kim is an outstanding leader in our department and will be an excellent teacher or coach in the future."
Smith's 90 three-pointers broke the FAU record of 66 and her 197 career three-pointers ranks second all-time at FAU. She made a three-pointer in 31-consecutive games and her nine three-pointers at Tulsa on Feb. 8 broke the FAU record and tied the C-USA record for most "3s" in a game. That night, she scored a career-high 33 points and led FAU to break the team's single-season record for most three-pointers in a season. Smith's 957 career-points ranks 10th all-time and her 460 rebounds puts her in ninth place in the FAU record books. She led C-USA and ranked 18th in the nation in three-pointers per game. Smith earned second-team All-Conference USA for her efforts.