Women's Basketball Signs Accomplished Point Guard
Brittany Smith Joins Mean Green Team
DENTON -- The North Texas women's basketball team has signed junior college transfer Brittany Smith to its roster.
Smith, a 5-foot-6-sophomore point guard from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, was recently named the 2017 Western Junior College Conference Defensive Player of the Year to go along with a first team all-conference honor. She will be able to suit up this coming season for the Mean Green and will have two years of eligibility.
"We are excited to welcome Brittany to our Mean Green family," said head coach Jalie Mitchell. "As her accolades show, she is a competitor. On and off the court, she displays all of the characteristics of a winner."
This past season, the Houston native led South Plains College to a 28-6 record. The Lady Texans reached the Region V semifinals and then second round of the 32-team NJCAA National Tournament. The facilitating point guard averaged 10 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. She finished the year with a field goal percentage of 41.5 percent.
Her 15 assists on February 23 against Clarendon College is the South Plains College single game assist record. The previous record of 14 had stood for 25 years. Smith's other career game-highs include 22 points and 12 rebounds.
From Nov. 4 to Dec. 31, the Lady Texans won 17 games in a row. During that stretch, Smith averaged 8 assists and 5 rebounds per game. She averaged 10 points and had a field goal percentage of 44 percent. Furthermore, she posted a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio in those 17 games.
Smith joins a long list of South Plains College graduates to earn a division I scholarship. Basketball hall of famer Sheryl Swoopes was a Lady Texan before transfering to Texas Tech and winning a national championship.
"The addition of her intelligence, leadership, hard work, selflessness and skill takes us one step closer as a program to reaching our goals of winning a championship," Mitchell said.
The Mean Green are coming off a season where they set the program record for Conference USA wins and reached the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship for the first time.