Smith, Bendolph Elite Duo Dishing the Rock


 

 

Feb. 24, 2012

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech point guards Jasmine Bendolphand Kenneth "Speedy" Smith have accomplished something this season that no other Division I men's and women's players from the same school have done.

The duo both recorded 15 assists in a single game.

Bendolph recorded a career-high 15 assists in a 79-62 win over Nevada on Feb. 2, becoming only the fourth player in Lady Techster history to reach the mark and the first since current head coach Teresa Weatherspoonin 1988.

Smith set a Bulldog single game record when he registered 15 assists in an 84-62 win over Central Arkansas on Feb. 18, surpassing the previous all-time high of 14 assists set by Bud Dean on Jan. 17, 1969 at Nicholls State.

Bendolph, a senior from Mobile, Alabama, is one of only eight players in Division I women's basketball to record 15 or more assists this season. She is averaging 6.0 assists per game which ranks No. 1 in the WAC and 12th nationally.

Smith, a freshman from St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of only 16 players on the men's side to accomplish the impressive feat. He currently averages 4.4 assists per game this year which ranks fourth in the Western Athletic Conference and 109th nationally.