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Illinois State basketball player Janae Smith. | Supplied photo

Illinois State basketball player Janae Smith. | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 28, 2013 6:41AM



Janae Smith has found a home at Illinois State University.

Smith, who transferred from the College of Charleston to ISU, was named the Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Week in women’s basketball for the period ending Jan. 7, marking the sixth time this season the Matteson resident has been so named.

Smith, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, had back-to-back double-doubles in the opening weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. Smith led all scorers and rebounders in Illinois State’s two wins during that period.

In a 72-41 victory Jan. 4 over visiting Northern Iowa, the Rich Central graduate totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line.

In an 81-65 win over visiting Bradley on Jan. 6, Smith shot 50 percent from the field (8-of-16), scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She also dished out a career-high six assists and had a block and two steals in 37 minutes.

Smith entered the weekend with starts in each of the 18 games in which she has played this season, guiding the Redbirds to a 12-6 overall record and a mark of 4-2 in the MVC.

Smith was leading ISU in scoring with 280 points (15.6 ppg), rebounds (164/9.1 rpg) and blocked shots (18). She was third in assists (32) and steals (16).

Perish the thought

Indiana State University sophomore quarterback Mike Perish was one of three Sycamores chosen to the 2012 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team.

Perish (Marist) was Indiana State’s leading passer with 155 completions in 280 attempts (55.4 percent) for 1,615 yards and 10 TDs, with a long pass completion of 43 yards. Perish was eighth in the MVFC in passing average with 146.8 yards per game.

The Frankfort resident surpassed 200 yards passing three times, including a season-best 221 yards in a 27-6 loss Nov. 17 at Youngstown State. He posted two touchdown passes in three different games while maintaining a 109.88 passing efficiency rating, which was ninth-best in the MVFC.

Wilson is worthy

McKendree University junior defensive back Jamison Wilson (Hillcrest) was one of eight Bearcats chosen to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Football Team for the 2012 season. The Country Club Hills resident earned the distinction of being McKendree’s only athlete on the All-GLVC First Team.

Wilson led McKendree and the GLVC with five interceptions during the 2012 season. He was second on the Bearcats with 67 tackles, including 48 solos. Wilson also broke up eight passes, forced a fumble, had one fumble recovery and added a blocked kick. His five interceptions matched a McKendree season high.

Twice during the season Wilson was selected as the GLVC Defensive Player of the Week. He earned the first honor for a nine-tackle, two-interception performance in a 47-24 loss Sept. 8 at home to Henderson State. Wilson duplicated the effort Nov. 3 against visiting Central State, posting nine tackles with two interceptions in the Bearcats’ 34-13 win.

Wilson is the first McKendree football player to earn All-GLVC honors as the Bearcats participated in the conference’s inaugural season in the fall.



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