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College Basketball: Smith is AMCC top Newcomer

As only a freshman, Alexis Smith led her team in scoring with a 15.7 points per game average, rebounds, field-goal percentage and blocked shots. (Photo courtesy of D\\\'Youville College)
D’Youville College freshman Alexis Smith of Hamburg was recently named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Newcomer of the Year and a Second-Team All-Conference selection.

In 18 games against AMCC opponents, Smith established herself as one of the premier post players in the league, averaging 16.8 points, which ranks fifth among all AMCC players and first among rookies. The 5-foot-11 center also averaged 7.4 rebounds, which was second among the AMCC first-year players and eighth overall. Smith was second in the conference with a .490 shooting percentage and was tied for fourth overall with 1.1 blocked shots per game.

Highlights during her stellar rookie season included scoring a school single-game record 35 points against Pitt-Greensburg on Feb. 2, receiving AMCC Player of the Week honors and recording a team-high three double-doubles. Smith closed the season with double-figure point totals in the team’s final 12 games. In the final five contest, she averaged 21.8 points.

For the season, Smith played in all 25 games, starting 24, and led the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game, rebounds (7.1 per game), field-goal percentage (.472) and blocked shots (0.9 per game).

D’Youville finished the 2012-13 season with a 7-18 overall record. In the AMCC, the Spartans were 6-12, good for seventh place. That was an improvement from the previous season’s ninth-place finish and 4-21 record.

Spartans’ first-year head coach Dan Glover, an Angola native and Lake Shore High graduate, called Smith a role model for the program, whose hard work paid off in a big way.

“She proved to be committed to making the team better and was there to step up to any challenges we faced this season as a team,” he said. “Alexis has shown that she is one of the top players in our conference and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with her, as she is part of the foundation of the future success for our program.”

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