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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Shock's Smith reaps USA Basketball's annual honor



December 29, 2008



Katie Smith was one of two Shock players to start all 34 games last season.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Shock forward Katie Smith has been named USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist and co-captain of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team also will be nominated by USA Basketball for the U.S. Olympic Committee SportsWoman of the Year.

Smith averaged 4.9 points and 1.9 assists per game as part of the Beijing Olympics gold-medal winning team. She was the only member to participate in all the USA Women's National Team's training camps.

Smith also was named the 2008 WNBA Finals MVP after helping the Shock win the 2008 title. She averaged 21.7 points and more than three rebounds in Detroit's sweep of San Antonio in the finals.

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