As the program embarks on a new era under head coach Dawn Plitzuweit, the West Virginia women’s basketball does have some expectations. Those expectations might now be increased after two players earned honorable mention status for the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.
Sophomore guard JJ Quinerly and 5th-year senior guard Madisen Smith were just shy of making the team, receiving honorable mentions. This is the first time either player has earned recognition as an honorable mention or on the actual Preseason All-Big 12 team. The teams were voted upon by Big 12 women’s basketball coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Quinerly averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 steals and 2.7 assists per game. She became the fourth Mountaineer to be named to the league’s All-Freshman Team when she made the team for 2022.
Quinerly was one of four Mountaineers to play in all 30 games last season, starting in 12 of those games. Despite only having one season under her belt, Quinerly has already accomplished something no other Mountaineer player has in almost 30 years. She posted a team-high 68 steals a season ago, the most by a Mountaineer freshman since Maria Tchobanova totaled 74 during the 1995-96 season.
As for Smith, the Greenville, South Carolina native averaged 9.1 points, 1.1 steals and 4.3 assists, which led the team, per game last season. This year’s honorable mention for the All-Big 12 Team is her first preseason team selection since being named to the Big 12’s All-Freshman Team in 2019.
Smith has played in 112 games, including a team-best 107 starts, throughout her college career. She’s recorded 885 points, 429 assists, 255 rebounds and 125 steals in 4 years in her Morgantown. Smith is 10th in career assists and tied for 10th in starts in program history.
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