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BRIA SMITH IS FIRST NJAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
2013-14 Bria Smith
Bria Smith is the first NJAC Rookie of the Week this season.
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PITMAN, NJ (NJCUGothicKnights.com)
 | New Jersey City University freshman forward BRIA SMITH (Bayonne, NJ/St. Dominic Academy) has been tabbed the first New Jersey Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week of the 2013-14 season, the league office announced on November 18.
 
Smith, a 5-foot-8 Biology major earned All-Tournament Team accolades at the Salem State Tip-Off Tournament on November 15 and 16 by averaging 11.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.5 assists and 0.5 blocks per game in 50 minutes of action while starting two games. Smith shot 75.0 percent from the foul line in her first two games (12-16) and 5-of-14 (.357) from the field.
 
In a three-point loss (66-63) to host Salem State on November 15 in the Gothic Knights' season debut, Smith had one of the great debuts in the 44-year history of the NJCU women's basketball program, scoring 17 points while hauling down 17 rebounds for an emphatic double-double. She shot 11-of-14 from the free throw stripe and 3-of-8 from the field and was balanced on the boards with eight offensive and nine defensive caroms in 28 minutes of action. Smith tallied 11 points and eight of 17 rebounds in the second period. She gave NJCU a 12-point lead with 15:28 to go in the second half with a pair of free throws.
 
In the tournament's consolation game, Smith played 22 minutes with foul trouble (four fouls). She tallied five points and five rebounds with one block and one steal in a 63-59 loss to Norwich University.
 
Third-year head coach Amy Mulligan said: "Bria came out exceptionally strong and just dominated on the boards on both ends and really made herself a presence down low, which was a big help for us. Even the second day she kind of changed the landscape of the game where she opened everyone else, so although offensively she didn't score the same amount, she basically allowed all of our other players to step up and keep us in the game."
 
Discussing the immediate impact Smith had on the lineup, Mulligan added: "I think coming in, first game, and the impact she had was a little bit surprising [to be so dominant] but it's something she's very capable of and I think it's just the start of what she can show us going forward."
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