Frese On Smith
"We are expecting big things from Anesia in her final season.She has worked extremely hard in the off-season to become a consistent scoring threat. She will provide tremendous leadership for us from the point guard position."
Earned first start of the season vs. Loyola on Dec. 10 and remained a starter in the final 24 of 25 games ... had 12 games with at least two steals, averaging 1.40 thefts per game which ranked 15th in the ACC ... 1.38 spg in conference games, tying for 14th ... 2.90 assists per game led the team and ranked 12th in the league ... season-high 11 points vs. UMES, helping Maryland capture the Terrapin Classic crown ... handed out a career-high nine assists against UMBC and tied that mark in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal win vs. Florida State ... also had nine points and five boards in the ACC Tourney game vs. the Seminoles ... had four six-rebound outings, including against ranked squads Texas Tech and North Carolina in Comcast Center.
Serving in a back up role, started one game but appeared in all 28, averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per game ... averaged 2.7 assists per game, including a career-high eight vs. Georgia Tech ... also set career high for steals with four vs. Duke ... scored in double figures twice, netting 12 points at Virginia, including two three pointers, and 10 points in the opening game of the Miami/Gatorade Holiday Classic vs. Cleveland State.
An ACC All-Freshmen Team pick ... averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game ... averaged 18.5 ppg in her first two collegiate games to lead the Terps to two wins, opening her career with 17 points against Coppin State on 6-of-10 shooting and netting 20 vs. Loyola on 7-of-14 shooting ... earned two conference starts, at Clemson and vs. Wake Forest, and played in 28 of the Terps' 30 games ... tallied 1.4 steals per game ... grabbed a career-high five rebounds and dished out a career-high five assists at NC State ... career-high four steals came against Duke.
The USA Today Virginia Player of the Year, she graduated from Hayfield High School ... a first team All-Met selection by the Washington Post as well as regional MVP, first team all- district and district MVP ... averaged 20 points, four rebounds, three steals and shot over 80 percent from the free throw line as a senior ... led Hayfield to a 21-7 finish and took the team to the Northern Regional Tournament for the first time in school history ... the appearance was also the school's first in the Group AAA state tournament ... played for coach Kenny Farmer.
Daughter of Hugh and Jennifer Smith ... has two brothers, Christopher (17) and Sean (16), and two sisters, Garcia (27) and Rochelle (23) ... a criminology and criminal justice major.
SMITH UP CLOSE
Nickname: Slim, Bird, Lil Bit
Age started playing basketball: 5th grade
I started playing basketball because: I didn't want to be a girl scout anymore
Which reality show would you like to be a contestant on? Real World
Name one person you would like to switch places with for a day: Bill Gates
Favorite pre-game meal: French onion soup
What is the one place in the world you would like to visit? Brazil because the people are so beautiful
If I was Coach Frese for a day, I would: Run a practice
Favorite Coach Frese quote: "I'll tell ya what..."
Team's biggest joker: Charmaine Carr or me
Funniest person on the team: Charmaine Carr or me
Team's best defender: Kalika France
Teammate who will surprise people this season: Crystal Langhorne
Most memorable moment from last year: Beating Miami in the NCAA Tournament
My favorite thing about Maryland basketball are: My teammates
The people I admire most are: My parents
My secret ambition is: To be an FBI agent
This year, I'm looking forward to: Winning it all
How I spent my summer: Working and working hard
Favorite quote: "Nothing beats a failure but a try."
My most prized possession is: My family