SMITH PRESEASON ALL-PAC-12
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics
STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford senior Alanna Smith was named to the five-person preseason All-Pac-12 Team as voted on by the media who regularly cover the conference's women's basketball teams.
An All-Pac-12 performer in 2017-18, Smith is Stanford's leading returning scorer and rebounder. She started all 35 games as a junior and averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.77 blocks in 28.4 minutes. Smith finished eighth in the league with seven double-doubles and became the Cardinal's 40th 1,000-point scorer (1,004) in the season's final game against No. 3 Louisville.
Last Thursday, she was also selected as one of 20 players to the watch list for the 2019 Katrina McClain Award, which recognizes the top power forward in women's college basketball.
This summer Smith became the sixth Stanford player to appear in a FIBA World Cup when she won silver with Australia at the tournament in Tenerife, Spain. One of just a handful of collegians at the event, Smith averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in six games, which included a team-high 10 points in the championship against the United States. It was the 22-year-old's second go-around with her country's Senior Women's National Team. She made her debut and won silver at last summer's FIBA Asia Cup in Bangalore, India and was one of two Australian players to score in double figures at that tournament, averaging 10.8 points on 58.3 percent shooting and 5.3 rebounds.
The Melbourne native was joined on the preseason All-Pac-12 squad by Kristine Anigwe (California), Ruthy Hebard (Oregon), Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon) and Destiny Slocum (Oregon State).
Stanford was picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Preseason Media Poll, garnering 237 points and two first-place votes. Oregon was the choice to win the league, totaling 259 points and 19 first-place votes. Oregon State (218 points, one first-place vote), California (181 points) and Arizona State (178 points) rounded out the top five.
Stanford begins its 2018-19 season when it hosts Vanguard in an exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Fans can receive up to four free youth tickets (8th grade and under) with the purchase of a paid adult ticket by visiting this link. A free live stream with Jordan Watkins and Joaquin Wallace as well as an audio broadcast with Kevin Danna will be available on GoStanford.com.