Position: Guard
Height: 5-11 / 181 cm
Weight: 173 lbs. / 82 kg
Born: June 4, 1974 in Logan, Ohio
WNBA: Detroit Shock 
College: The Ohio State University ‘96

USA Basketball Notes:
Gold Medals:  2007 FIBA Americas Championship (Olympic qualifier), 2000, 2004 & 2008 Olympic Games, 1998 & 2002 FIBA World Championships, 2002 Opals World Challenge, 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup, 1996 R. William Jones Cup, 1994 Goodwill Games.
Silver Medals: 2008 Good Luck 007 FIBA World League Tournament, 1997 World Championship Qualifying Tournament, 1995 World University Games.
Bronze Medal:  2006 FIBA World Championship.

  • Named to the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team on May 31, 2008.
  • Aided the USA to a 4-2 mark and the silver medal at the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament, averaged a team third-best 12.5 ppg. and added 2.7 rpg., while connecting on 51.6 percent (16-31 3pt FGs) of her tries from 3-point.
  • Assisted the USA to a 2-0 mark in its 2008 Spain training, averaged 9.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg. and 2.0 apg.
  • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia, averaged 10.0 ppg., 3.4 rpg. and 3.0 apg.
  • Member of the 2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team that competed in Valdivia, Chile, posted an unblemished 5-0 slate, captured the gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2008 Olympics; averaged 9.6 ppg. and 3.0 apg.
  • Aided the 2007-08 USA Basketball National Team to a 4-0 slate during its 2007 Tour of Italy, averaged 6.5 ppg.
  • Named to the 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's National Team on March 6, 2007.
  • Member of the 2006 USA Basketball Women's World Championship Team that posted an 8-1 record and took home the bronze medal, joined the squad in Brazil upon the conclusion of the WNBA Finals.
  • One of only two players who competed in all 11 of the 2006 USA Basketball Senior National Team's spring training contests; aided the U.S. to a 10-1 slate, including 4-1 at the Australia-hosted Opals World Challenge where the U.S. claimed first prize.
  • Started all 11 games and averaged 12.5 ppg., 1.6 rpg. and 1.4 apg., shot 47.5 percent (19-27 3pt FGs) from 3-point.
  • Member of the 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Team that won the gold medal with an unblemished 8-0 record in Athens.
  • Started all 13 of the USA's 2004 spring training games in Cuba, Europe and the United States, averaged 7.8 ppg. and 1.6 apg. as the U.S. went 13-0.
  • Started all nine games at the 2002 World Championship, averaged a team fifth best 6.0 ppg. in helping the U.S. to a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal in China. The squad, which was named the 2002 USA Basketball Team of the Year, also captured the Australia-hosted Opals World Challenge title prior to China, averaged a USA fourth best 5.5 ppg.
  • Returned from Poland where she was playing to join the 2002 USA team on March 30 during its Spring Training. After watching the team's first quarter assault against the 2002 WBCA All-Stars, stepped in to record 11 points, three assists and two steals in just 12 minutes of action and remained with the U.S. squad through the rest of its Spring Training.
  • Member of the gold medal winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team that went 8-0 in Sydney, averaged a team fifth best 6.8 ppg.
  • Helped the 1999-2000 USA National Team to a 38-2 pre-Olympic record, started 31 of 40 games and averaged 8.9 ppg., during that time helped the USA capture the 1999 U.S. Olympic Cup gold medal and the USA Basketball International Invitational championship.
  • Member of the gold medal winning 1998 USA World Championship Team which finished with a perfect 9-0 record in Germany and was named the 1998 USA Basketball Team of the Year, aided the U.S. to a 12-1 record in its 13 game pre-World Championship tour.
  • Member of the 1998 USA Women's National Team that rebounded to win its final two games and finish with a 2-3 record against Australia in September 1998.
  • Member of the 1997 USA Basketball Women's International Invitational Tournament Team that earned the tourney title.
  • Won a gold medal as a member of the 1994 USA Goodwill Games Team that went 4-0 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • A 1996 USA Women's Olympic Team and 1994 World Championship team finalist.
  • Member of the 1993 Junior World Championship (U19) Team.

Professional Notes:
Allocated: to the Minnesota Lynx by the WNBA on March 3, 1999 after the ABL folded; traded to the Detroit Shock on July 30, 2005.
WNBA title: 2006
All-WNBA first team: 2001, 2003
All-WNBA second team: 2000, 2002
All-Star Games: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006  (WNBA); 1997, 1998 (ABL)
All-ABL first team: 1998
ABL titles: 1997, 1998
WNBA All-Decade Team

  • Averaged 13.2 ppg., 3.8 rpg. and 3.6 apg. in helping the Shock to a league-best 24-10 mark; averaged 12.2 ppg., 3.2 rpg. and 3.6 apg. during the WNBA Playoffs in helping the Shock to the 2007 WNBA Finals.
  • Helped the Shock earn the 2006 WNBA title, averaged 14.7 ppg. and 4.0 apg. throughout the playoffs; averaged 11.7 ppg. and 3.3 apg. during the regular season.
  • Led the WNBA in scoring in 2001 with 23.1 ppg.
  • In 2003 helped Minnesota to a Western Conference playoff spot, the Lynx' first playoff berth in franchise history, where the Lynx took the series to three games before being bested by Los Angeles, the two-time defending champions.
  • Set seven single-season WNBA records in 2001, including scoring average (23.1 ppg.), points scored (739), free throws made (246), free throws attempted (275), 3-point field goals attempted (240), minutes played (1,234) and minutes averaged (38.6 mpg.); Smith on June 4, 2002, surpassed the league's all-time 3-point field goals made record (287).
  • Began her pro career with the ABL Columbus Quest and helped lead her club to a pair of ABL titles in 1997 and 1998.
  • Competed during the 2001-02 season for Lotos VBW Clima in Gdynia, Poland; where she helped her team to a 2002 EuroLeague runner-up finish, averaged a team third best 13.0 ppg. and added 3.1 rpg. and 1.7 apg.

Collegiate Notes:

  • All told, during her four seasons (1993-96) Ohio State compiled an 80-34 (.702) overall record and advanced to two NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1996), including the 1993 NCAA Championship game.
  • Capped her collegiate career as the Big Ten Conference's all-time career scoring leader with 2,578 points and now lists second in that category.
  • Following her senior season, was a member of the WBCA College All-Star Team that lost 92-57 to the USA National Team in Atlanta, Ga. (April 6, 1996) and recorded seven points and three rebounds in 17 minutes.
  • In 1993 helped lead the Buckeyes to the NCAA title game, where they fell to Sheryl Swoopes' Texas Tech squad; named that year Kodak All-American first team, Sports Illustrated National Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year, All-Big Ten second team, and she was named to the 1993 NCAA Final Four and East Regional All-Tournament Team.
  • Named by the Columbus Touchdown Club on Jan. 22, 2002, the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Century, with the Male Athlete of the Century honor going to Olympic track and field legend Jesse Owens.
  • Was a 1996, 1995 and 1994 All-Big Ten first team and Academic All-Big Ten.
  • Named 1993 Kodak All-American first-team, Sports Illustrated National Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Big Ten second team.
  • Named to the 1993 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team and to NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team.
  • Named 1996 Big Ten Player of the Year, GTE co-Academic All-American of the Year and All-America second team by the Associated Press, United Press International and College Sports Magazine.

Personal Notes:

  • Currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Daughter of Barbara and John Smith, who is a dentist; has two brothers, John and Tom.
  • Her father played football at Ohio University; brother John was a member of the Mount Union College (Ohio) 1993 NCAA Division III national championship football team; Tom ran track and played football at Ohio University; Tom's wife played basketball at the University of Minnesota and in the ABL for the Columbus Quest; and John's wife played volleyball at the University of Akron.
  • Began playing basketball in the 5th grade on a boys team and was a tap and ballet dancer as a young girl.
  • Majored in zoology and returned to Ohio State to take classes in preparation for application to dental school.
  • Worked in the OSU women's basketball office as an assistant in 2004-05.
  • Morning routine: let the dog out, shower, eat breakfast and brush my teeth.
  • Evening routine: read or watch TV before going to sleep.
  • Favorite takeout food: Chinese, sesame chicken.
  • Favorite meal to make at home: stir-fry.
  • If I could be a standout athlete in any other sport it would be: golf.
  • I drive: a 540 BMW.
  • If I could trade in my car for anything it would be: for a Range Rover.
  • The one obsolete thing I can't ever part with: cassette tapes.
  • Favorite personal mementos: my Olympic gold medals.
  • When I was five I wanted to be: a veterinarian.
  • On my bedside table is: lip balm and water.
  • If I could live in any city in the world it would be: Columbus, Ohio.
  • My next big purchase will be: a computer.
  • Favorite magazine: Women's Health.
  • Always in my fridge: skim milk, berries, eggs, pink lady apples.
  • Always on my fridge: pictures of my family and Logan :-) Ruff Ruff!
  • One piece of clothing I can't live without: sweat pants.
  • Most prized possession: my dog Logan.
  • Favorite sport aside from basketball: football.
  • Favorite basketball player: Steve Nash.
  • Favorite non-basketball Olympian: Blain Wilson.
  • Strangest place ever played hoops: in Radio City Music Hall and my high school gym.
  • Best game I ever watched: Detroit versus Cleveland, Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.
  • Best player I ever faced: five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards.
  • I want to go one-on-one against: Bill Laimbeer.
  • The most impressive person I have ever met: my parents and grandmother.
  • Favorite basketball announcer: Clark Kellogg.
  • When not playing hoops: I am spending time with my friends and family, walking the dog, riding bikes, watching movies.
  • Most people don't know: I'm not as tough as I look Most interesting place ever visited: Cuba.
  • I can't live without: my loved ones.
  • Favorite food: homemade pizza.
  • My first overseas trip: In 1993 the Junior World Championship was in Seoul, South Korea. It was awesome to experience another culture and the international game.