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Loyola's Trenese Smith named Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete

June 4, 2010

For the third straight year, Loyola University New Orleans women’s basketball player Trenese Smith has been named Allstate Sugar Bowl Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete for the Greater New Orleans Area.

Smith, a native of LaPlace, La., shared the award with Olivia Grayson, a freshman on the Tulane basketball team.

Smith also recently earned honorable mention honors for the 2009-10 National All-Jesuit Women’s Team as announced by the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. Of the 18 players honored by the JBS, Smith was the only non-NCAA player to receive recognition. Smith won several awards this season which included National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics -American, All-Louisiana and All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

The guard/forward finished her career as the Wolfpack’s all-time leading scorer with a remarkable 2,439 points. This past season, she scored over 17 points per game, leading Loyola to 19 wins.

For her career, she led the ‘Pack to a 104-39 record and three bids to the NAIA National Tournament. Loyola’s deepest run in the tournament was in the 2007-08 season where they reached the Elite 8 after defeating #1-seed Point Loma Nazarene.

In conference play, Smith guided Loyola to three regular season GCAC championships and two tournament titles. She was named All-GCAC four times and garnered GCAC Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons.

Along with being named All-Louisiana four times, she was also recognized nationally, earning NAIA All-American honors in each of her four full seasons and was Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American as a senior.

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