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Janet Smith
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Position: Center
Height: 6'2"
Year: Senior
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Burke
Graduating Year: 1982

The greatest shot blocker in the history of Nebraska women's basketball, Janet Smith owns each of the four highest single-season block totals in school history to rank first on the Husker career chart with 238 blocks. Smith's blocked shot total ranks ahead of second-place Charlie Rogers by a remarkable 112 blocks.

The 6-2 center from Omaha Burke High School provided a truly dominant presence inside during the early years of Husker basketball. Along with ranking first all time in blocks, Smith holds a commanding lead on Nebraska's all-time charts with 1,280 boards and a 9.4 rebound per game average during her career. Smith's 136 games played also rank first at Nebraska.

Smith earned a spot on the Big Eight Conference All-Tournament team in 1979-80, along with Husker teammate Diane DelVigna.

Smith produced one of the best seasons in Nebraska history by averaging 14.4 points, 13.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game in 1980-81. She scored a career high with 22 points, while pulling down 14 rebounds in an 82-81 loss to Iowa State at the Big Eight Tournament in Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 16, 1981. She added a 22-point performance in an 83-65 win over Central Missouri at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Jan. 23, 1981.

Smith set the Nebraska and Devaney Center single-game record with 25 rebounds in a 74-64 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 19, 1980. She grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a single-game on two other occasions, including 21 boards in a 72-60 win over South Dakota on Jan. 30, 1981, and 20 rebounds in a 65-64 win over Northwestern on Nov. 29, 1980.

Smith's Career Statistics

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

Pts-Avg.

1978-79

34-23

92-194

.474

NA

NA

35-53

.660

201-5.9

219-6.4

1979-80

40-40

148-326

.453

NA

NA

48-94

.510

372-9.3

344-8.6

1980-81

31-31

205-404

.507

NA

NA

35-72

.486

417-13.5

445-14.4

1981-82 31-28 124-283 .438 NA NA 28-49 .571 290-9.4 276-8.9

Career

136-122

569-1, 207

.471

NA

NA

146-268

.544

1, 280-9.4

1,284-9.4

 

 

 

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