ESPN recognizes 'Iolani alumnus Jamie Smith


POSTED: Friday, January 16, 2009

UNLV's Jamie Smith ('Iolani '08) was recognized as one of the top freshman women's basketball players in the country by

In a post by ESPN's Graham Hays last Friday, Smith was included in his list of the top 10 freshmen in the country, citing her unique ability to average more than eight rebounds a game while shooting better than 40 percent from the 3-point line.

Smith, Hawaii's 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year, earned a starting role five games into the season and is third on the team in scoring (11.0) and second in rebounds (8.1). Earlier this year, she became the first Lady Rebel in 10 years to post three consecutive double-doubles.

Her 14 points and seven rebounds helped the Lady Rebels end 2008 with an 18-point win over Utah State, but UNLV is 0-4 since then, dropping its first three games in Mountain West Conference play.



» Idaho freshman Shaena-Lyn Kuehu (Punahou '08) finished with 12 points, three rebounds and a block in a 55-52 victory over Fresno State. Kuehu is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.5 points per game.

» Pepperdine senior Taylor Smith (Kalaheo '05) drilled a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, and the Waves defeated Loyola Marymount by one in overtime. Smith finished with nine points, three blocks, two rebounds and two assists.

» Menlo College senior Kelci Fushikoshi (Lahainaluna '05) had 10 points, two assists and a steal in an 80-66 victory over Cal State Maritime. Freshman Bryanna Batts (St. Francis '08) chipped in three points in 4 minutes.

Fushikoshi leads the team in points (18.8) and minutes played (31.6) and is second in 3-pointers made (20) and third in steals (21). Batts has appeared in seven games for the Oaks, who are 10-4 this season.



» Sophomore outside hitter Spencer McLachlin (Punahou '07) put down 13 kills and freshman libero Erik Shoji (Punahou '08) had a match-high 13 digs as fourth-ranked Stanford swept Pacific 30-27, 30-26, 30-26.

McLachlin and Shoji were two of four former Hawaii prep products who started for the Cardinal (3-1, 1-0 MPSF). Junior setter Kawika Shoji ('Iolani '06) had 45 assists and was in on four blocks, and freshman hitter Brad Lawson ('Iolani '08) had eight kills.

Also playing for Stanford was sophomore defensive specialist Jordan Inafuku (Kamehameha '07). For the Tigers (1-4, 0-1), junior setter Kevin Downing (Kauai '05) and freshman opposite Nicolaas Schenck (Hawaii Prep '07) had limited playing roles.

» Senior libero Brent Asuka ('Iolani '05) had eight digs and an assist as No. 5 UC Irvine defeated No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 30-23, 30-25, 26-30, 30-17. The Anteaters improved to 4-1 and 1-0 MPSF, and the Gauchos fell to 2-2 and 0-1.



» Colorado School of Mines senior Kyle Pape ('Iolani '05) finished 10-for-23 from the field and scored 26 points in 35 minutes in a 67-63 loss to Colorado State-Pueblo. Pape was 3-for-11 from 3-point range and added eight rebounds and four assists.

Ken Moses (Mililani '06) is a junior for the Thunderwolves, but did not play.



» Pacific (Calif.) senior April Woo ('Iolani '05) won the 100 breaststroke event in a season-best 1:06.64, and sophomore Nikki Yamamoto ('Iolani '07) swam a leg in the 200 freestyle relay event that the Tigers won with a time of 1:42.83 in a dual meet against Stanford.