04.09.13: For the second year in a row CCRI women’s basketball standout Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) has been named Second Team All-American by the NJCAA for division II women’s basketball. This is the second All-American award for Smith this season after being named 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College Coaches’ All-America Team. Smith was chosen to the 10-member team was selected by a vote of the WBCA national selection committee. In all Smith has earned three All-American honors over her historic record-setting career as a Lady Knight.
Head Coach Kate Lynch commented about her talented sophomore "Not only is Jahira a fantastic player, but she is an even better young lady. ‘Jah’ brings joy to everyone around her. She was our engine over the past two years. Though she can score at will she looked to get her teammates involved which is why she set so many records here at CCRI. We are very proud of her earning her second All-American honor this year. She has truly earned it.”
Smith is a two-year captain of the Lady Knights and two-time All-Region XXI (New England) selection. Recently, was named WBCA All-American as she helped lead her team to the “Elite Eight” this year at NJCAA National Tourney. Smith led nation is steals with 126 averaging 4.3 assists per game. In addition, she is the CCRI all-time leader in: Scoring with 1,058 points surpassing Amanda Ward who scored 956 career points; Assists with 315 surpassing Nicole Girard who had 274; Steals with 259 passing Denise Scott who had 162; and made free-throws with 186 surpassing Jerilynn Johnson who had 183. Smith was also honored as the Kevin McNamara Award as DIII/CC Women’s Player of the Year by Cox Communications.
As a freshman Smith was the top scorer with 502 total points averaging 16.2 points per game where she is ranked No. 41 nationally, rebounds with 217 averaging seven rebounds per game, Smith set the single season record for assists with 183 total and 5.9 per game, blowing away the former record of 156 by Nicole Girard in 2008-09, she is also ranked No. 14 nationally in assists nationally. Smith recorded an impressive 11 double-doubles and one triple-double in her 31 games played. In addition, she tied the single-game assist record when she recorded 14 versus Orange County CC on January 21st, a record she shares with Jessica Aldrich in 1994 and Jen Rado in the 2001-02 season. Lastly, she crushed the CCRI steals record out of the water with 110 steals so far averaging 4.2 per game ranking her No. 8 in the Nation while crushing the former record of 93 held by Lauren Harrington in the 2008-09 season. Making Smith’s numbers even more impressive was that she played on a very young team with only one sophomore and she moved from playing shooting guard to point guard mid-season and did not miss a beat.
Coach Lynch added "Jahira has had a wonderful career at CCRI. Jah has rewritten history for the women's basketball program and I am so proud of her. She deserves every accolade out there. It has been a privilege to coach such a great player and a fantastic young lady. We are going to miss her."
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.