By Mike Partee
Titan basketball coach Greg Sheley and assistant coach Kevin Grumbley nominated Susan Smith as athlete of the week for her excellence on and off the court.
The freshman forward joined LCC after graduating from Churchill High School, where she was a starting player all four years.
Smith was way ahead of the curve in academics when she transferred to LCC. She had already earned 31 credits toward a transfer degree. "I had all of my math done and most of my writing," she said.
On the court, Smith gives "excellence" a whole new meaning. Though she's only 5 feet four inches tall, she makes up for her height by speeding around the court and seemingly being everywhere at once.
"She gets into the offense and takes charge," Grumbley said. "She is a key ingredient as a point guard to our game strategy."
"The reason I came to Lane was for the opportunity to win a championship," Smith said. "Two championships back to back would be nicer."
With the Titans' current season record of 18-1 and with their demoralizing victory over the Portland Panthers with a mind-blowing score of 104-56, there doesn't appear to be anything keeping her from her championship dreams.
"Susan is an amazing player and we are so lucky to have her for another season," Sheley said. "She has tons of drive and can really lead well."
While basketball is an important aspect to Smith, she holds no illusions about what she wants in life. "I take my studies seriously, because I don't know what my future holds," she said. "I want to earn a degree that has something to do with sports, whether it be coaching or sports medicine." Smith plans to transfer to a four-year school after she graduates from LCC.
Fans can come watch Smith in action as the Titans square off at home against the Linn-Benton Roadrunners on Feb. 6, at 4 p.m.