Chadwick Announces Smiley and Wade to Join Thundering Herd Women in 2004-05

Chadwick Announces Smiley and Wade to Join Thundering Herd Women in 2004-05


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s basketball head coach Royce Chadwick has announced the signings of two players, one high school senior and a junior college transfer, that will join the Thundering Herd program for the 2004-05 season.

Marshall was able to ink Reshundra Smiley, a 5-8 guard out of Central Arizona Community College. She was twice named an all-conference selection and a 2002 all-region honoree while at CACC, based in Coolidge, Ariz.

“Reshundra is an outstanding athlete with a tremendous mid-range game,” Chadwick said. “She is and will be a remarkable leader for us in the future.”

Smiley, a Modesto, Calif., native, led CACC to an appearance in the 2003 NJCAA National Tournament while averaging 18.1 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game, 2.4 steals per game, 3.1 assists per game. Her junior college coach, Lin Laursen, said that Smiley is a “great athlete with speed and quickness who has a nice shot and provides court leadership.”

Smiley, who shot 46 percent from the floor last season, was also a standout player at Ceres High School and was named the 2001 Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year while a prep star.

Marshall’s success on the recruiting trail also secured the services of Lateisha Wade, a 5-9 point guard from Willingboro, N.J. Wade’s 20.3 ppg and 7.0 apg as a junior earned her a 2003 Street & Smith’s all-American honorable mention nod as well as numerous state accolades, including the all-South Jersey team, the all-New Jersey Group 3 team and the all-Burlington County team.

“She (Wade) is a great point guard,” Chadwick said. “She is a true quarterback of a basketball team and played on one of the best high school teams in the nation.”

Wade, a lethal threat from three-point field goal range, helped guide Willingboro High to the 2002 Group 3 New Jersey State Championship. Her squad was also ranked in the USA Today Top 25 throughout her junior campaign, ranking as high as No. 13 while compiling a 29-1 record.

“Lateisha’s size at the point guard position is something we really wanted to focus on,” Chadwick added.

The signings of Smiley and Wade comes on the heels of back-to-back top-50 recruiting classes as ranked by the Blue Star Report and All-Star Girls Report, two prominent women’s basketball publications.