After Kristen Sharkey was snubbed last year, it only took one more season for UB to put a Bull on the All-MAC Women's Basketball First Team, as the conference announced this afternoon that junior Joanna Smith joins Akron's Anita Brown, Ball State's Nathalie Fontaine, Ohio's Kiyanna Black, and Toledo's Brenae Harris on the league's top list.
Sophomore Stephanie Reid was also honored, named to the All-MAC Third Team and the All-MAC Defensive Team.
Smith is fourth in the conference this season with 18 points per game, but rises to second and 19.3 ppg in conference play, where she's been Buffalo's leading scorer in all but three games. With 85 three-pointers on the season, she's currently third in the MAC and third on UB's all-time single season list. She has been named MAC East Player of the Week four times this season and has 14 games with 20 or more points. For all the talent UB has had over the last few years, Smith is the first Bull to earn First Team honors since Brittany Hedderson in 2012.
In her first full season in the MAC, Reid makes the conference Third Team as the dangerous point guard Buffalo fans have seen since mid-January last year. This season, she ranks fourth in the MAC with nearly five assists per game, averages 10 points a game, shoots 81% from the free throw line, and pulls down nearly four rebounds a night on top of it all.
On the defensive side, she was also honored by the coaches after a year as UB's top perimeter defender. She leads the team and is fourth in the MAC in steals.
Both Smith and Reid return next year for the Bulls, who begin postseason play in just under two hours when they host Bowling Green at Alumni Arena.