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Elinor Smith gets Red River honor
Thursday, Jan 24, 2002
By Steven Key

HOUSTON (BP)--Elinor Smith was named the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week for January 14-20. The All-Conference standout posted her third and fourth straight double-double efforts of the season in leading the Huskies to a 2-0 week.

Smith, a 6-0 forward, scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 69-59 road victory over Langston University last Monday, then had 30 points and 19 rebounds in a 106-44 romp over Southwestern Assemblies of God University Saturday night.

The 30 points by Smith on Saturday were a career-high, and represented just the third time since the women's program started in 1999-2000 that a player had eclipsed 30 points.

Carey Owens holds the school record with 35 points in a single game, set against Concordia University-Austin in 1999-2000. Tiffany Andrews scored 30 points against Dallas Christian in 1999-2000 for the other 30-point performance.

Smith's 19 rebounds against SAGU also matched her own career-best, which also is the school record. She has now tied the school record twice, as she grabbed 19 boards against Jarvis Christian last season. She shares the mark with Andrews, who snared 19 caroms in that same 30-points game against Dallas Christian.

Smith went 18-20 from the floor, a phenomenal 90%. She averaged 20 points per game and 15 rebounds, and also chipped in two blocks and 1.5 steals per game.

The sophomore from Hastings is averaging 11.6 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game this season. She is 12th in the conference in scoring, and her team-high .594 field goal percentage also leads the conference.

In Monday night's romp over Southwestern Adventist, Smith continued her domination of the paint, scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for her fifth straight double-double.

Houston Baptist is 18-4 on the season, and moved up to No. 7 in the NAIA Top 25 poll. The Huskies are first in the Red River at 8-0, and begin the second half of the conference schedule on Saturday night. HBU faces Huston-Tillotson College in Mary Branch Gym, with tip-off set for 5:30 pm.

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