Smith was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and this past Monday she became the program's 10th academic All-American when she was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Division I second team.
On Sunday, Smith led Stanford to its 13th Pac-12 Tournament title with a 64-57 win over Oregon in Las Vegas. She was named the tournament's most outstanding player after posting double-doubles in each of the Cardinal's three wins and averaging 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds.
"I think that was something that we had in our minds ever since we lost that game," said Smith, who earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the tournament. "When you take a loss like that, you have no choice but to learn from it. We were happy we got to play Oregon today. We wanted another chance at them."
On Monday, Smith and the rest of her teammates will be watching the NCAA Selection Show, which airs on ESPN at 4 p.m. It will be another chance to reach the championship final in Tampa Bay on April 7. Stanford will likely host the first weekend.
Sophomore Kiana Williams has her own watch list. She's one of five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award for the nation's top shooting guard in women's basketball.
Junior DiJonai Carrington has grown into all-star status after arriving at Stanford, with fellow McDonald's All-Americans Anna Wilson and Nadia Fingall, with expectations of helping Stanford win its first national championship since 1992.
The Cardinal too care of its unfinished business with Oregon. Stanford looks to tie up a few loose strings with the rest of the nation. It's Smith's last go around.
Smith has helped Stanford win two Pac-12 tournament titles. She's been to a Final Four, in 2017 where the Cardinal lost to eventual national champion South Carolina after knocking off No. 2 seed Notre Dame, 76-75, when Smith hit a jumper with 23 seconds left and then blocked a shot with four seconds remaining and grabbed the final rebound of the upset.
Smith would like to repeat the performance at the highest level. So would Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.
"The depth of the conference, the competitiveness has prepared us," VanDerveer said. "We'll carry it forward into the NCAA Tournament. But whether it's been the battle we had with Washington, whether it was being down against Colorado, having to basically hit a game-winning shot to beat Arizona, we have a great conference with great teams and we know that every night we have to play well."
Stanford knows the postseason. The Cardinal is 25-8 in the NCAA tournament since 2011. It's 12-3 the previous three years.
Monday's announcement sets in motion Stanford's 36th in the postseason.
As for the Pac-12 championship game last weekend, Smith scored 20 points, had 14 rebounds and blocked three shots. Carrington added 22 points and a key steal and Williams had 13 points and six assists. Maya Dodson blocked four shots and everybody played defense, limiting Oregon to a season-low in points.
"Our defense was outstanding," Smith said. "It was a whole team effort."
Carrington helped turn the momentum during a critical stretch of the second half. She hit a layup to give the Cardinal a 53-51 edge and then recorded a steal at the top of the key and went the distance for another layup.
A little later, Williams hit a 3-pointer to give the Cardinal some breathing room in the fourth quarter.
Stanford made all six of its free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. As the final seconds ticked off, the Cardinal players ran to half-court to celebrate.
Sabrina Ionescu led Oregon with 27 points and 12 rebounds. She was the only Oregon player to hit a basket for the Ducks in the final eight minutes.
The Cardinal built a 14-point lead early in the third quarter, the largest deficit the Ducks faced all season. But the Ducks (29-4) scored 10 straight points as part of an 18-3 run to grab their first lead of the game.
Stanford got off to a quick start and led 33-24 at the half behind 14 points from Carrington and seven points and nine rebounds from Smith.
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