Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
A well-rounded player with exceptional ball handling skills ... has the ability to run the point, hit the jumper and create off the dribble ... very strong and athletic ... played point guard as a freshman, shooting guard as a sophomore, wing as a junior and the one, two and three as a senior.
Career Notes... Drafted 27th overall by the New York Liberty in the 2008 WNBA Draft ... in her 135 games played, led Duke to a 117-19 record ... totaled 496 assists over her career at Duke, which ranks fourth on the Blue Devil charts ... became the 22nd player in Duke history to reach the 1,000-point mark ... started 119 of 135 games played ... her 119 career starts ranks fourth all-time at Duke ... totaled 336 three-point field goals attempted to rank ninth on the Blue Devil charts ... played 3,656 minutes to rank seventh all-time at Duke ... finished her career ranking 14th on Duke’s all-time scoring list with 1,256 points ... her 135 games played ranks tied for ninth all-time ... had one of the best all-around seasons as a freshman in school history ... dished out 154 assists as a freshman to rank tied for third on the Duke single-season charts ... collected Blue Devil freshman records for assists (154) and three-pointers made (41-tied) ... posted 34 points in the first two games of her career to rank as the third-best output for a Duke freshman in the opening two games ... on the Duke freshman charts, ranked fifth in points (394), third in steals (61), fifth in three-point field goal percentage (41.0) and fifth in double-figure scoring games (22).
As a Senior (2007-08)... Started all 30 of her games played, while missing five contests due to a spiral fracture of her fourth metacarpal in her right hand ... earned All-ACC Tournament second team accolades ... averaged 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals ... registered a 1.1 assist/turnover ratio ... posted double-figure scoring in 13 contests ... posted a season high and matched a career high with 22 points against fourth-ranked Maryland in the ACC Tournament ... collected a season-high eight rebounds against N.C. Central and third-ranked North Carolina ... her 30 three-pointers ranked second on the Duke squad notched a season-high eight assists at Houston ... in ACC games only stats, she ranked eighth in free throw percentage (75.0).
As a Junior (2006-07)... Started all 34 games ... averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals ... received All-ACC Honorable Mention honors ... named Duke Student-Athlete of the Week (Feb.16) and ACC Player of the Week (Feb.12) ... had a season-high 18 points in a win over then 22nd-ranked Texas ... totaled 15 games scoring double-digits, including a 15-point effort in the win over Temple, which was an NCAA Tournament career best ... in ACC games only, finished 29th in scoring (10.9), 12th in field goal percentage (48.7), third in three-point field goal percentage (41.0), tied for ninth in assists (3.57) and 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.09) ... in the overall ACC stats, ranked 12th in free throw percentage (75.5 percent), seventh in assists (3.97) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.52).
As a Sophomore (2005-06)... Started 20 of 35 contests on the year ... started the final 19 games of the season at guard ... averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals ... posted 11 assists in only 17 minutes at Old Dominion, which ranked tied for fourth on Duke’s single game charts ... in the ACC stats, ranked 12th with 3.46 assists and fourth with a 1.64 assist/turnover ratio ... totaled 10 games with double-figure points.
As a Freshman (2004-05)... After coming off the bench in the season opener, started the next 35 straight games at point guard ... averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals ... earned All-ACC Freshman accolades ... selected to the GBallmag.com Young All-America Team ... in the ACC stats, ranked 27th in scoring (10.9), third in three-point field goal percentage (41.0), sixth in assists (4.3) and 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.13) ... in ACC games only, ranked 27th in scoring (10.7), second in three-point field goal percentage (44.2), 15th in three-point field goals made (1.36), third in assists (4.86) and 13th in assist/turnover ratio (1.10) ... named ACC Rookie of the Week four times ... named Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament ... averaged a team-best 32.3 minutes a game, which was a Duke freshman record.
Prior To Duke... Averaged 19.8 points, 7.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds at Riverdale Baptist under the direction of Diane Richardson ... came off the bench to score 15 points, grab four rebounds and notch two steals in the McDonald’s All-America game ... scored six points and had one rebound in the WBCA All-America contest ... a first team Parade All-America, third team USA Today All-America selection and honorable mention Slam Magazine All-America ... earned Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year ... Washington Post Metro Player of the Year ... Student Sports second team All-America ... had a career-high 42 points in a game as a senior ... ranked No. 14 prospect by All-Star Girls Report, No. 14 by All Game Sports and No. 15 by Blue Star Report ... led Riverdale to the National Christian League Championship in 2004 ... as a junior, averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists, leading Riverdale to a 30-6 record ... a Street & Smith’s third team All-America ... team finished fourth in the Washington Post Girls Basketball poll ... earned Prince George’s County Player of the Year ... led Riverdale to the Independent & National Christian League Championship in 2003 ... as a sophomore at Fairfield, named to Ohio All-State team after averaging 25.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists ... 2002 Ohio and GMC Co-Player of the Year ... selected to Ohio Girls Basketball Magazine Dream Team and Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star ... led her squad to the sectional and district championships ... attended the Nike All-America and adidas Top Ten Camps ... averaged 21.1 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman at Fairfield.
Summer of 2003... Played for the gold medal-winning East Team at the USA Basketball Youth Developmental Festival ... led the team to a 5-0 record ... averaged 10.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and hit 18 of 20 free throws ... started three of the five games played.
Personal... Full name is Wanisha Marie Smith ... born July 9, 1985, in Cincinnati, Ohio ... daughter of Wayne E. Smith ... member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students and honor roll as a junior and senior ... majored in women’s studies.
Up Close With Wanisha Smith... If I could take away one basketball rule, it would be... To take away the possession arrow.
My best non-athletic talent is... Drawing.
The word that best describes myself is... Passionate.
My dream job would be... A Nike Representative.
Other sports I enjoy besides basketball are... Football and tennis.
My advice to youngsters is... To stay focused and determined.
When I shoot free throws, I think... I am going to make it.
My favorite late night snack is... Popcorn.
My craziest ambition is... To take pictures under the basket at a NBA game.
If I could appear on the cover of any magazine, it would be... SLAM.
My closest relative is... My sister.
My position is best because... I am free to move without the ball.
I knew I could play D-I basketball when... I entered the ninth grade.
Points 22 vs. Jacksonville St. (12-15-04)
Rebounds 9 vs. Virginia (3-2-07)
Assists 11 at Old Dominion (11-20-05)
Blocks 1 10 times - most recent at Dartmouth (12-29-06)
Steals 5 4 times - most recent at Penn State (11-18-05)
Field Goals 8 vs. South Florida (11-14-04)
FG Attempts 16 vs. Maryland (3-4-06) and vs. Purdue (12-18-04)
3PFG 4 three times - most recent vs. Wake Forest (3-5-05)
3PFG Attempts 6 three times - most recent vs. Maryland (3-4-06)