Jessica Smith Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Oct. 11, 2005


University of Kansas senior Jessica Smith was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Tuesday. The Wichita, Kan., native tallied four goals last weekend, including a hat trick, in leading KU to wins over Oklahoma State and No. 21 Oklahoma.

Smith sparked KU’s offense to seven goals over the weekend when she put the Jayhawks on the board just 4:29 into Friday’s match against Oklahoma State. The goal was Smith’s first of the season. She notched her second of the match to break a 1-1 tie as KU never looked back in a 4-1 victory. Smith secured the sixth hat trick in KU history with a diving header in the 75th minute.

Smith pulled KU ahead, 2-0, in the first half with her fourth goal of the weekend against No. 21 Oklahoma. During the two matches Smith fired seven of her nine shots on goal.

It marks the second time in Smith’s career she has been honored as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Smith joins freshman Jessica Bush as recipients of the award during the 2005 season.

Smith and the Jayhawks will be back in action this Friday with a match against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.