KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 11, 2019) – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2019 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Basketball Scholar-Athletes on Monday which included Johnson & Wales (Fla.) senior JoNae Gonzales-Smith.
Gonzales-Smith is among 312 women's basketball student-athletes recognized by the NAIA. In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Gonzales-Smith, who was also named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District I® Women's Basketball Team, selected by CoSIDA, started all 26 games for JWU while earning Second-Team All-Sun Conference honors. A two-time TSC Women's Basketball Player of the Week, Gonzales-Smith averaged 18.1 points-per-game (No. 5 in the conference and No. 19 in the nation) and 5.7 rebounds-per-contest. The native of Richmond, California, shot 42.0 percent from the floor (No. 10 in the conference) and converted 37.9 percent of her attempts from 3-point range (No. 5 in the conference and No. 30 in the nation). Gonzales-Smith led all Wildcats with 77 treys in 2018-19, averaging 3.0 3-point buckets-per-game (No. 3 in the conference and No. 14 in the nation). She drained 4-or-more 3-pointers in 10 games this season. Averaging 3.6 assists-per-game (No. 8 in the conference), Gonzales-Smith dished out 4-or-more assists 11 times, including a career-high eight versus Southeastern (1/26/19). The senior guard notched three double-doubles on the year and scored 20-or-more points nine times. She reached double-digits in scoring 22 times. Of the 20 30-point games in the Sun Conference this season, Gonzales-Smith recorded four of them (20.0 percent).