Tyresa Smith

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After dominating the 2003 state girls’ basketball tournament, where she led Polytech High School to unprecedented success, Tyresa Smith became the outstanding female athlete at the University of
Delaware, the leading scorer and defensive player in the Colonial Athletic Association, and the first Delawarean to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dover native was
named Delaware’s High School Player of the Year in 2003, when she led Polytech to the state title, the only downstate champion since 1973. Twice named first-team All-State, she was also selected to
the Delaware High School All-Decade team. At the University of Delaware, Tyresa was twice named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and twice was named first-team all-conference for head coach Tina
Martin. As a senior in 2006-07, she led the Blue Hens to a 26-5 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament as she led the CAA in scoring at 19.8 points per game -netting a school single-season record
632 points – while also averaging 7.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals per contest. She was the first Blue Hen to be named All-Region 2. For this, she was named the university’s Outstanding Senior Female
Athlete of the Year and shared, with Carrie Lingo, the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association’s Award as the State’s top athlete of 2007. She was also named to the CAA silver anniversary
team. She finished her career at Delaware ranked high on the all-time lists for steals (No. 1 with 342), games played (No. 1 with 122), points (No. 2 with 1,635), assists (No. 5 with 307), blocked
shots (No. 9 with 71), and rebounds (No. 11 with 635). Drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the second round of the 2007 WNBA draft, the 18th player taken that year and the first ever from Delaware, she
played for the WNBA Detroit Shock, and then in Germany, Russia and Greece.  She is now an educator, teaching health and physical education at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School, Washington,




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