Feb. 4, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston freshman guard Alecia Smith was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday, marking the second consecutive award for the Cougars.
Smith averaged 17.5 points against SMU and Tulane last week and shot 48 percent (12-of-25) from the field while connecting on seven 3-pointers on 15 attempts and posting a 4-of-5 effort from the free-throw line.
Smith returned home to Dallas on Thursday to face SMU, the lone undefeated team in league play, scoring in double figures for the first time in five games with 12 points off a 5-of-12 effort from the field to go with five rebounds and three assists. Smith converted a pair of free throws and followed with a jumper on the next possession to give Houston a four-point lead with just over three minutes remaining.
The Cedar Hill, Texas, native followed up with a 23-point performance in Saturday's loss against Tulane, catching fire from the beyond the arc with a career-best seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts. Smith found her rhythm in the second half, going 6-of-9 from distance with 20 points in the final 20 minutes, while draining four trifectas in just over three minutes. The seven 3-pointers were the most by a Cougar since Brittney Scott went 7-of-11 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 5, 2010.
Following her outburst from beyond the arc on Saturday, Smith now leads the Cougars with 28 made 3-pointers at a 32-percent clip, which ranks among the league leaders. Smith has recorded six double-digit scoring performances this season, ranking second among Houston freshmen behind Marche' Amerson, who earned the league's top freshman award last week.
The Cougars look to end their recent skid when they play host to East Carolina (15-5, 5-2) at 7 p.m., Thursday at Hofheinz Pavilion.