JoNae Gonzales-Smith and Jacknelson Joseph Named JWU Athletics Wildcats of the Week

JoNae Gonzales-Smith and Jacknelson Joseph Named JWU Athletics Wildcats of the Week

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2019) – Women's basketball senior JoNae Gonzales-Smith and men's basketball senior Jacknelson Joseph have been named JWU Athletics Wildcats of the Week for the week ending February 10, the Athletic Department announced on Monday.

The Wildcats of the Week honor is a weekly award given to the top performing student-athlete among the 11 intercollegiate sports sponsored at JWU. Awarded to the top male and female student-athlete each week by the JWU Athletic Department, those named the Wildcat of the Week will become eligible to be named the Sergio's Player of the Month for the corresponding month. 

Gonzales-Smith, a senior guard, notched her fourth 30-point game of the season, scoring a game-high 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the floor to guide the Wildcats to an 86-69 win over Keiser on Saturday. The win gave the Wildcats the season series sweep of the Seahawks and kept JWU alive in the chase for the final Sun Conference playoff spot. Gonzales-Smith was deadly from 3-point range, converting 7-of-14 attempts from downtown. The native of Richmond, California, added six rebounds and two assists on the afternoon. Saturday marked her seventh game with five-or-more 3-point buckets this year as the second-year Wildcat leads the team with 68 treys (entered the game ranked No. 5 in the conference and No. 16 in the nation with 2.65 3-pointers made-per-game). On the year, Gonzales-Smith is averaging 17.3 points-per-game (No. 6 in the conference and No. 25 in the nation) while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor (No. 10 in the conference) and 37.0 percent from 3-point range (No. 5 in the conference). Gonzales-Smith is averaging 5.4 rebounds-per-contest (No. 3 on the team) and is second on the squad in both assists (83) and steals (36).

Joseph, a senior guard, scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor, including a 5-of-10 performance from 3-point range at Keiser on Saturday. The Miami native also registered three boards, two assists, a blocked shot, and a steal. It marked the 12th game of the season of 10-or-more points for Joseph and his third in as many games. For the second-straight game, the JWU shooting guard registered five-or-more treys while shooting at least 50.0 percent from downtown. On the year, Joseph is averaging 10.0 points-per-game on 37.2 percent shooting from the floor. Leading the team with 54 3-point buckets, Joseph has converted 34.6 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. This season, the fourth-year Wildcat has posted single-season career highs in points (230), rebounds (83), assists (28), blocked shots (4), and steals (23).

Honorable mention: Alexis McClain (women's basketball) – Scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds; Tianna Ayulo (women's basketball) – Poured in 14 points to become the fourth player in JWU history to score 1,000 points in a career; Jordan McDuffie (women's basketball) – Scored a career-high 20 points at Keiser; Dwayne Adams (men's basketball) – Registered 16 points and team-highs in rebounds (5) and assists (5) at Keiser.

Wildcats of the Week
Week 24 (Feb. 11, 2019) – JoNae Gonzales-Smith (Women's Basketball); Jacknelson Joseph (Men's Basketball)
Week 23 (Feb. 4, 2019) – Dwayne Adams (Men's Basketball); Tianna Ayulo (Women's Basketball)
Week 22 (Jan. 28, 2019) – JoNae Gonzales-Smith (Women's Basketball); Dylan McHugh (Men's Basketball)
Week 21 (Jan. 21, 2019) – Dwayne Adams (Men's Basketball); Tianna Ayulo (Women's Basketball)
Week 20 (Jan. 14, 2019) – Tianna Ayulo (Women's Basketball); Jacknelson Joseph (Men's Basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 7, 2019) – Dwayne Adams (Men's Basketball); JoNae Gonzales-Smith (Women's Basketball)
Week 18 (Dec. 31, 2018) – Alexis McClain (Women's Basketball); Dwayne Adams (Men's Basketball)
Week 17 (Dec. 17, 2018) – Dwayne Adams (Men's Basketball); JoNae Gonzales-Smith (Women's Basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 10, 2018) Alexis McClain (Women's Basketball); Tristan Stephens (Men's Basketball)
Week 15 (Dec. 3, 2018) – Michael Stuart (Men's Basketball); Tianna Ayulo (Women's Basketball)
Week 14 (Nov. 26, 2018) – JoNae Gonzales-Smith (Women's Basketball); Dwayne Adams (Men's Basketball)
Week 13 (Nov. 19, 2018) – Dwayne Adams (Men's Basketball); Tianna Ayulo (Women's Basketball)
Week 12 (Nov. 12, 2018) – Tianna Ayulo (Women's Basketball); Michael Stuart (Men's Basketball);  
Week 11 (Nov. 5, 2018) – Fernando Arzeno (Men's Soccer); Savannah Jackson (Women's Soccer)
Week 10 (Oct. 29, 2018) – Vanessa Orozco (Volleyball); Fernando Arzeno (Men's Soccer)
Week 9 (Oct. 22, 2018)
Patricio Rolon (Men's Soccer); Kellie Fitzpatrick (Women's Soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 15, 2018)Carissa Sanchez (Women's Soccer); Cody Booska (Men's Golf)
Week 7 (Oct. 8, 2018)Tim Petersen (Men's Soccer); Audrey Gant (Women's Soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 1, 2018)Sharell Nairn (Volleyball); Fernando Arzeno (Men's Soccer)
Week 5 (Sept. 24, 2018)
Fernando Arzeno (Wen's soccer); Savannah Jackson (Women's Soccer)
Week 4 (Sept. 17, 2018) – Savannah Swenson (Volleyball)
Week 3 (Sept. 10, 2018) –
Valentin Salinas (Men's Soccer); Savannah Jackson (Women's Soccer)
Week 2 (Sept. 3, 2018) – Savannah Jackson (Women's Soccer); Rodrigo Doben (Men's Soccer)
Week 1 (Aug. 27, 2018) – Valentin Salinas (Men's Soccer); Sharell Nairn (Volleyball)