Jenna Smith

Jenna Smith (born July 25, 1988) is an American former professional basketball center. She was drafted in the second round of the 2010 WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics, having previously played college basketball for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini where she was a First team All-Big Ten in 2008 and 2009. In 2016, she was named assistant coach of the Indiana State Sycamores women's basketball team.[1]

Jenna Smith
Personal information
Born (1988-07-25) July 25, 1988
Des Moines, Iowa
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
High schoolKennedy High School
Bloomington, Minnesota
CollegeUniversity of Illinois (2014–2018)
WNBA draft2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Washington Mystics
Career highlights and awards
First team All-Big Ten (2008-09)
First team All-Big Ten (2007-08)
Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American (2007-08)

Playing career



  • July 30: The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), on behalf of the Wade Coalition, announced the 2009-2010 preseason "Wade Watch" list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year. University of Illinois senior Jenna Smith is one of 25 named to the list,[2] which is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade. This is based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.


In her junior year, she played and started in all 31 games and was third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.5 ppg) and blocked shots (2.0) and sixth in rebounding (8.6).

  • Led the conference and ranked fourth in the nation in minutes per game (38.7)
  • Has scored in double-figures in 39 consecutive games, the fifth-longest streak in the nation at the end of 2008-09, and in 67 of the last 68 games overall
  • Set the Illinois career blocks record on March 1 against Minnesota[3]
  • Had 10 double-doubles on the season, including eight in conference play to rank second in the Big Ten *Led the Big Ten in offensive rebounds (3.39) and minutes played (39. 44) in conference play
  • Named to the 50-player Naismith Award Watch List
  • Selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, averaging 23.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in Illinois' two games
  • Surpassed the 1,000 point milestone in season opener at IPFW, scoring 29 points
  • Passed the 1,500 point milestone in the Big Ten Tournament, becoming just the third Illini to reach that total in less than three seasons
  • Led the Illini to an upset win over Indiana on Jan. 25 with 24 points (9-of-14 shooting) 15 rebounds and three blocks [4]
  • Had a double-double of 18 points and a season-best 18 rebounds against Iowa on Jan. 15 [5]
  • Averaged 20.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in the Illini's three games in the Cancun Caribbean Challenge Nov. 26-28, scoring 19 points against Montana,[6] 22 against South Dakota State and 21 against Maryland[7]


  • Had 59 blocked shots on the year to break the 25-year-old Illinois single-season blocks record of 57
  • Ended the year ranked second on the UI single-season rebounding list (329)
  • Earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Tournament Team after averaging 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while carrying the Illini to the championship game
  • Led the Big Ten with 16 double-doubles on the season
  • Finished the season ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (9.4), she was one of only eight players in the nation to average at least 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game
  • She held a streak of 28 straight games in double digits that was snapped on Feb. 24 vs. Michigan[8]
  • Set a new school record by hitting 13-of-13 from the free throw line against Providence on Nov. 25[9]
  • Scored a career-high 32 points on Nov. 18[10] vs. Southern Illinois University, the most by an Illini since 2001


  • Played in 30 games, starting 22 at center
  • Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection
  • Led all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding for both all games (7.8) and conference games (8.5)
  • Led the Big Ten Conference in offensive rebounding in conference games (3.60)
  • Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at Indiana on Feb. 18, which was the second-highest single-game rebounding total in the Big Ten in 2006-07
  • Ranked third among Big Ten freshmen in scoring (11.1)
  • Led Big Ten freshmen in FT percentage (.767) and ranked second among league rookies in FG percentage (.514) and blocks (1.30) in all games

High school

  • Was the 69th-ranked senior in the class of 2006 by Blue Star Report and was listed as the No. 24 center in the class by All-Star Girls Report
  • Named Minnesota's Ms. Basketball and Associated Press Player of the Year after leading Kennedy to a 30-2 record and runner-up finish in the Class 4A State Tournament as a senior
  • Also named Minneapolis Star-Tribune Metro Player of the Year
  • Averaged 20.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 3.3 steals per game and also shot 55 percent from the field, 47 percent from the three-point line and 74 percent from the free throw line for the Eagles
  • As a junior in 2004-05 while leading Kennedy to the Class 4A State Championship with a 28-2 record *Named first team All-State, All-Metro and All-Lake Conference as a junior and senior
  • Holds the Minnesota career record for blocked shots



Smith was drafted in the second round, 14th overall, by the Washington Mystics in the 2010 WNBA draft.[11] She later signed with the Indiana Fever on a training camp contract.[12]

Illinois statistics


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006-07 Illinois 30 332 51.4 33.3 77.2 7.8 1.8 0.6 1.3 11.1
2007-08 Illinois 35 640 50.3 42.3 77.8 9.4 2.0 1.1 1.7 18.3
2008-09 Illinois 31 573 47.4 16.7 80.1 8.6 1.8 1.1 2.0 18.5
2009-10 Illinois 34 - 50.1 39.5 88.4 11.4 2.1 0.8 2.1 18.1
Career Illinois 130 1545 49.6 35.7 81.1 9.4 2.0 0.9 1.8 11.9

Awards and records

  • Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American (2007–08)
  • Broke the Illinois freshman rebounding record (233) and tied the frosh blocked shots record along with fellow freshman Lacey Simpson (39)
  • Holds Illinois single-season blocks record with 63 (2008–09)
  • MVP of the 2007 FIU Thanksgiving Classic after leading Illinois to the tournament title
  • Named Illinois Most Valuable Player (2008–09)
  • Named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media for the second consecutive year (2008–09)
  • Named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media (2007–08)
  • Named the team's MVP and Most Inspiriational Player and also won the Ralf Woods Free Throw Excellence Award at the postseason awards banquet.
  • Three-time Big Ten Player of the Week in 2007-08, the first Illini to earn the honor three times in one season since 1985-86


  1. Hunt, Ace (September 19, 2016). "Jenna Smith named Indiana State Women's Basketball Assistant Coach". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  2. "Jenna Smith Named To Wade Trophy Watch List - Fightingillini.Com // The Official Home Of University Of Illinois Athletics". 2009-07-30. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  3. "Illini Top Gophers in Finale as Smith Sets Blocks Record - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  4. "Smith Leads Illinois to Upset of First-Place Hoosiers - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  5. "Big Games By Smith and Simpson Not Enough Against Hawkeyes - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  6. "Illini Fall at the Buzzer in Caribbean Challenge Opener - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  7. "Fighting Illini Fall to No. 10 Maryland in Caribbean Challenge Finale - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  8. "Fighting Illini Drop Heartbreaker at the Hall - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  9. "Smith Leads Illini to FIU Thanksgiving Classic Title - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". 2007-11-25. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  10. "Smith's Career Day Leads Illini Past Salukis - FIGHTINGILLINI.COM // THE OFFICIAL HOME OF UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ATHLETICS". Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  11. "Jenna Smith selected by Washington Mystics in WNBA Draft". The Daily Illini. April 8, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  12. "Fever Signs Erlana Larkins and Jenna Smith". Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  13. "NCAA Statistics". Retrieved 2016-04-15.
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