Lancers Head Coach Vallée adds Yasmeen Smith for 2018-19
Windsor Lancers women’s basketball head coach Chantal Vallée has added Yasmeen Smith to the Lancer roster for the 2018-19 season.
Smith, a 5’8 forward from Cambridge, ON, joins the Lancers from Centennial College where she spent two seasons with the Colts. An OCAA east division first team all-star, Smith established herself as a force on both ends of the court. Her scoring touch, defensive intensity and relentless rebounding earned her Centennial College’s Female Athlete of the Year award along with her team’s Most Valuable Player award this past season.
In her first season with the Colts, she averaged 14.4 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game en route to being named Centennial College’s Rookie Athlete of the Year. This past season, Smith improved in both of those categories, averaging 17.9 points per game to go along with an incredible 15.2 rebounds per game. She hit a season high in points on Nov. 25 when she scored a remarkable 39 points. Her season high in rebounds came on Jan. 22 when she pulled down 22 total rebounds.
“She will bring speed, steals and rebounding to our game,” said Vallée. “I like the fact Yasmeen is an older and more mature player. She’s played post-secondary already for two years and will be able to ease in very quickly in my opinion. She is tremendously athletic and will help us on the defensive end immediately being a taller wing player.”
Smith has dreamed of playing for the Blue & Gold since her high school days and couldn’t be more excited to join the Lancers. “I remember the first time I took in a university game back in high school… it so happened to be when Windsor was playing Carleton in Ottawa,” said Smith. “Ever since that day, I fell in love with the school and I knew I wanted to play at that level one day. Now being recruited by them is a dream come true. Andthe fact that they have a communication, media and film program is just icing on the cake.”
“She is determined to train and get to higher standards in basketball but as well in her own schooling and personal life,” Vallée continued. “I liked her attitude and character. Those are the attributes I always look for in an athlete and a person and I am very excited to be adding her to the team.”