MSU Women's Hoops Adds D-I Transfer

Midwestern State coach Noel Johnson announced the addition of transfer Nicole Smallwood to the 2013-14 roster Wednesday afternoon.

"We're extremely excited for Nicole to come be a part of the MSU women's basketball family," MSU coach Noel Johnson said. "She's someone we've had our eye on the last two seasons. We're looking forward to her fitting into what we do."

Smallwood joins the Mustangs after spending a season at Division I Missouri State last season. She retains three seasons of eligibility after seeing action in nine games last season for the Bears, who finished with a 14-17 mark.

The 5-8 guard appeared in nine games. She played 24 total minutes and scored seven points.

Prior to signing with Missouri State, Smallwood enjoyed a stellar prep career at Flower Mound High School where she school records for treys in a game (9), season (82) and career (226).

"Nicole is a defensive stretcher and a great shooter," Johnson said. "She also has the ability to hit the midrange and drive to the basket. She fits athletically with the great kids we have here now."

Smallwood, who attended summer camp at MSU during high school, finished her high school career with 1,092 points in 132 games averaging 99 assists and 26 charges drawn.

"We really wanted to sign her during camp because she meshed with the girls very well," Johnson said. "We left the door open for her possible return and we're so glad to have her back on campus."

Smallwood earned All-District 8-5A honors as a senior in 2011-12 averaging 19.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 4.3 steals per game while setting a school record for 3-point shooting accuracy at 43.8 percent.

She also earned all-league first-team honors as a junior averaging 12 points, three rebounds and two assists per game while connecting on 79 percent of her free throws and 46 percent from the floor.

The four-year letter winner tallied eight points a game as a sophomore and five points as a freshman for the Jaguars.

Midwestern State claimed its first Lone Star Conference championship since 2001 while rolling to the South Central Region title game with a record of 26-6. The Mustangs finished the season ranked 19th in the WBCA/USA Today Sports Top 25.

MSU returns all five starters and 14 letter winners for the 2013-14 season including Daktronics honorable mention All American Andrea Carter and all-region performer Kirsti Degelia.