RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University redshirt freshman Kristin Smith (Hainesport, N.J./Rancocas Valley) has been chosen as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week for the period ending Jan. 1, the CACC announced today. Smith is the first Golden Falcon to earn a CACC women's basketball weekly award this season, and the first league Rookie of the Week for Felician in any sport in the 2016-17 academic year.
Smith, a 5-foot-11 center, was honored on the strength of her performance in Felician's 66-56 non-league home victory over Mercy College on Dec. 30. In that contest, she netted eight points, pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds and blocked one shot in 23 minutes of action.
Smith is Felician's first CACC Rookie of the Week in women's basketball since Shyla Osmond claimed three consecutive awards in January 2015. More information is available at http://caccathletics.org/sports/wbkb/2016-17/releases/13POW.
Smith has started all 13 games for Felician this season. She is averaging 5.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, and ranks seventh in the CACC with 0.85 blocked shots per game. She is a 2015 graduate of Rancocas Valley Regional of Mount Holly, and sat out the entire 2015-16 season due to injury.
Also on Tuesday, Felician junior guard Marta Moix (Madrid, Spain/John Carroll School [Md.]) was named to the CACC Weekly Honor Roll.
Felician is guided by ninth-year head coach Steve Fagan of Howell. Smith, Moix and the Golden Falcons (3-10, 2-4 CACC) are next in action on Wednesday, when they host Wilmington (Del.) University for CACC action at 5:30 p.m. at Job Gymnasium in Rutherford.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.