SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Janae Smith named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media April 19, 2013 7:16PM
Janae Smith, of Illinois State. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:32AM
Illinois State University women’s basketball player Janae Smith recently was chosen the Newcomer of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Smith, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, transferred to ISU from the College of Charleston. Smith is the second consecutive Redbird to receive the Newcomer of the Year honor from the MVC.
Smith, who was a six-time Newcomer of the Week in the MVC during the 2012-13 season, also was named to the All-MVC Second Team this season.
In helping ISU finish 24-11 overall and 13-5 in the MVC, the Matteson resident appeared in all 35 games, starting all but one.
The Rich Central graduate led the Redbirds in rebounds (8.0 rpg) and blocked shots (37), was second in scoring (13.6 ppg), third in assists (50) and tied for third in steals (28).
In league rankings, Smith finished fourth in blocked shots, fifth in rebounds and ninth in scoring. She also was third in field-goal percentage (178-of-361, 49.3) and ninth in free-throw percentage (119-of-155, 76.8).
University of Wisconsin-River Falls sophomore defenseman George Malliaras was named to the 2012-13 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team in hockey.
The Palos Hills native led the Falcons in assists with 16. He was tied for second on the team in points with 17 and fourth in plus-minus with a rating of plus-6.
Malliaras appeared in all 28 games for UW-River Falls this season. The Falcons finished 13-11-4 overall.
Two Southland residents who are members of Prairie State College’s women’s basketball team were recognized for their efforts during the 2012-13 season.
Sophomore center Danielle Zandstra, of Crete, was selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s All-Region IV Team, as well as the All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Second Team. Zandstra averaged 9.8 points per game overall, as well as in Skyway Conference play.
Joining Zandstra on the All-Skyway Conference Second Team was freshman forward Mandie Green (Homewood-Flossmoor). Green averaged 7.4 points per game in conference competition and 6.7 points per game overall.
The Pioneers wrapped the season 22-9.