Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith

Player Profile


Amanda, Ohio

High School:




Junior (2001-02):
Michelle (Estell) Smith played in 31 games, making 15 starts…started first 13 games of the season…had best game of the year in the season opener with a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds against Loyola Marymount (11/9) in the preseason WNIT…scored eight points and recorded two steals at Vanderbilt (11/11)…pulled down at least one rebound in the first 18 games of the year…buried 3-of-5 field goals and pulled down five rebounds against Texas Tech (11/24)…tallied a career-best three assists at New Mexico (12/2) and Wyoming (12/15)…buried 4-of-10 field goals and 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line to finish with 13 points and six rebounds against Arizona (1/6)…averaged 19.1 minutes per game…scored 98 points and pulled down 81 rebounds.

Sophomore (2000-01): Michelle saw action in 26 games with one start…missed first three games of the season after suffering a concussion in practice prior to the season opener at Portland State…had a career-high two steals, five rebounds and four points in her first game back, at Ohio (11/30)…made seven consecutive free throws to open the year…came off the bench to hit at least one 3-pointer in seven consecutive contests…scored a then career-high 10 points against Boise State (12/31)…matched her career-best in scoring with 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from the line against California (1/13)…made first career start at Arizona (2/3) scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds…pulled down six rebounds at Stanford (2/10)…ranked third on the team with 13 3-pointers made…scored 89 points and recorded 46 rebounds.

Freshman (1999-2000): Michelle had a career-high 7 rebounds vs. Arizona (2/6)...played in all 12 preseason games, but played in only 11 conference games...played in 23 games, scoring in 11, with a high of 10 points vs. Portland (1/2)...scored 6 points vs. Idaho State (11/26) and 5 vs. Portland State (11/22) in her first collegiate game...scored 44 points (1.9 average) and pulled down 30 rebounds (1.3 average)...shot .309 from field (17-55) and .583 from the foul line...hit 3 of 12 from 3-point range.

Michelle was an exceptional three-sport athlete at Clearcreek High School, a Division III school in the Mid-State League...earned four letters in basketball, three in volleyball and one in track and field...earned numerous honors in basketball...following her senior season, was named Player of the Year in the Mid-State League, District II and Central District...named the Division III Coaches Association Player of the Year as a senior...named first-team all-state and first team Agonis Club by the Columbus Dispatch...named the MVP of the holiday McDonald’s Tip-off Classic tournament...named Player of the Week nine times during her senior year in the circulation area of the Lancaster Eagle Gazette...was a two-time all-league pick and a second-team pick as a sophomore...she also was named third team District II as a sophomore...established several game and career records in basketball...holds school records for most points in a season (482); most career rebounds (858); most field goals made in a career (685) and a season (202) and most points in a career (1,640)...played basketball for Coach Don Barrow and volleyball for Coach Judy Rose...averaged 14.8 points a game as a freshman, 18.2 as a sophomore, 19.3 as a junior and 17.6 as a senior...averaged 17.6 points a game in her career while shooting .515 from the field...averaged 9.2 career rebounds per contest…as a freshman was a first team all-district selection in track and field in the long jump, 400 meter, 4x200 meters and 4x400 meters...was all-league 400 meters, 4x200 meters and 4x400 meters as a freshman...earned all-state honors in track as her team finished sixth in the 4x200 meter relay...was a three-year starter on the volleyball team as a middle hitter and blocker...named Player of the Year as a senior in the Mid-State League...was a three-time all-league selection and was captain of the volleyball team as a junior and senior...earned all-district (central) honors in volleyball as a junior.

Born in Lancaster, Ohio...daughter of Brent and Shirlee Estell...father is a Transportation Specialist and Local 413 Union Representative and mother is a school teacher...played first three seasons as Michelle Estell...married Tyler Smith on July 6, 2002...is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Zoology...has an older brother, Corey, 24, and sister, Tiffany, 31...entered OSU with a 3.8 GPA...enjoys horseback riding...member of National Honor Society...senior and junior class president...vice-president of Science Club...member of Fellowship of Christian Students, peer advocates, foreign language club, drama club and Hosler math-science foundation mentorship program...other schools considered included Kent State, Cincinnati, Ohio University, College of Charleston, Old Dominion and Duquesne...selected OSU because, “academic majors, coaching staff and playing in the Pac-10.”

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