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Former Lady Raider Judith Smith Passes Away

Judith Smith
Judith Smith

Jan. 28, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball program was saddened to hear of the news on Thursday, Jan. 26, that former Lady Raider guard Judith Smith had passed away at the age of 25.

The cause of her death is unknown at this time. She would have been 26 on Monday.

"Lady Raider Nation lost a family member today," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "Judith will always be a Lady Raider in all our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time."

Smith came to Tech in 2004 and played in 27 games as a freshman, averaging five points per game with a season-high 14 against Baylor. In her final season in 2005-06, Smith averaged 3.7 points per game in 15 games.

"We recruited Judith out of California along with Erin Myrick," former Lady Raiders head coach Marsha Sharp said. "They were teammates on a great AAU team in southern California. We realized that Judith came from some very difficult circumstances and that she realized that a scholarship to play basketball would be her chance to change her world. She was passionate about playing and was an outstanding student.

"She was recruited by Baylor, Kansas State, and lots of schools on the west coast but eventually decided to come to Tech. I have been in contact with many of our former players who played on the same teams as Judith. We are all devastated and ask that you pray for her family and friends. Her 26th birthday would have been Monday Jan. 30th."

A memorial is being planned for Smith at her former high school, Long Beach Poly High. For more details please contact the Lady Raiders office at (806) 742-7700.



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