MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's basketball team had four student-athletes earn All-West Coast Conference honors, it was announced by the conference office. Jasmine Smith headlined SMC's awards, earning All-WCC First-Team honors for the second consecutive season.
Carli Rosenthal was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team, making it three straight seasons for a Gael to be named to the all first year squad. Earning Honorable Mention All-WCC included Alex Carbonel and Jackie Nared.
The honors are the most for the Gaels since the 2005-06 squad placed four on the All-Conference Team (Serena Benavente, Maija Lahde, Monica Mertle and Jontelle Smith).
Saint Mary's enters the WCC Tournament as the No. 4 seed after finishing the regular season with a 20-9 record and an 11-5 mark in conference action. The Gaels last won 20 games in the 2009-10 season when it went 21-10. The last time the Gaels won more than 21 games was during the NCAA Tournament 2000-01 season when the Gaels finished with a 26-6 mark and advanced to the second round of the national tournament.
Kristen Riley of BYU earned WCC Player of the Year, while the Defensive Player of the Year went to Pepperdine's Jazmine Jackson. The Newcomer of the Year was shared by BYU's Lexi Eaton and Gonzaga's Haiden Palmer. WCC Coach of the Year went to Cindy Fisher of San Diego.
Smith, a senior guard from Pinole, enters the week with 1,322 career points which ranks eighth in school history, while playing in just three seasons for the Gaels. Smith is averaging 15.5 points per game and reached double figures in scoring in 12 out of the 16 WCC games. She scored at least 19 points in five different WCC games this season.
Carbonel played in 10 of the 16 WCC games before an injury caused the Fremont native to miss six games. She averaged 12.8 points per game, including a career-high 24 points in a match-up with San Diego. She also led the team in field goal percentage during conference play with a 48.1 percent clip.
Nared also averaged 12.8 points per game, to go along with 7.6 rebounds per game, ranking in the WCC's top-10 in both points and rebounding. She recently poured in a career-high 28 points against San Diego. Nared has scored in double figures in 10 of the 16 WCC games.
Rosenthal has been a problem for opposing teams as the freshman has averaged 4.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game. Both offensively and defensively, Rosenthal has been a presence and a rebounding machine.