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w o n & n e Th Battling cancer, growing up with an absent father, and fighting in alleys, senior Joel Walters used bow ties to change his life. By Regina Kaza

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How Joel Walters used bow ties to leave a life of crime and trouble.

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Joel Walters went from black eyes to bow ties and turned his life around at FAU

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Joel Walters adjusts one of the bow ties from his company Joel Franklin Co. He’s been wearing bow ties since he came to FAU and leaving behind a life of crime and fighting. Photos by Lamise Mansur

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oel Walters wears a mustard yellow shirt, coffee brown pants rolled up mid-calf, and a dark green, thick bow tie with long ends. He carries two shopping bags out of his bedroom — his rugged past hiding inside them. They’re filled with something he wears almost every day. Walters dumps the bags and over 50 bow ties pile onto his dining room table. “I have more back at my mom’s house,” he says. “But these are the ones mostly from my collection.” The 22-year-old senior entrepreneurship major started his own bow tie company, Joel Franklin Co., a little over two months ago. He’s getting ready to film an interview for his YouTube channel as he explains the styles in his new collection. His roommate, FAU alumnus Troy Pindell, walks out of his room wearing black basketball shorts, no shirt and a snow hat. “It’s going to be very hard with [Pindell] around,” Walters says. “He tends to distract me a lot.” Pindell casually strolls into the dining room, past the display. “I’ve only made like two jokes in my head while you were explaining that,” he says. Walters laughs, saying most of his friends joke and mess with him like Pindell does. But there are things in his past only his closest friends know, things not even his mother knows. When he designed this collection, he kept that in mind.

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Walters’ roommate, Troy Pindell, and America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion semifinalist, Annaliese Dayes, help shoot an interview for Joel Franklin Co. Dayes and Walters met when he studied abroad in London his freshman year. Photo by Lamise Mansur

Walters bought his first car, a white 2001 Mitsubishi Galant, before he even had his driver’s license. As a freshman in high school, he saved his tips working at Steak and Shake in Coral Springs. “He used to work on the weekends,” his mother, Sandra Spencer, says. “Managers used to call me and ask if he could work until 1 or 2 in the morning.” If he didn’t have school early the next morning, Spencer usually said yes. “The more I started to do on my own, like buy my own car, the less I had to really report to her,” Walters says. “And I kind of made my own maturity.” Growing up without a father figure, Walters quickly learned to be more independent. “My dad didn’t teach me how to tie a tie or a bow tie,” he says. “The internet did.” His mother recalls when the family lived in the Bronx, New York City, N.Y. before moving to Florida. Her son was a bag boy at the store across the street from their home. It was his first job, and he was 9 years old. “He was always an ambitious child,” she says. “Anytime he made money, he was never selfish with it.”

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But, even that ambition didn’t change what he claims is his biggest struggle still — growing up without a father. “At home, my mom taught me some key values,” he says. “But certain values that a man should teach you, I never got that.” Moving to Florida when Walters was in middle school didn’t help either. “I told him ‘Look I know what you’re going through,’” his mother says. “I think he had a hard time processing his dad not being active in his life.” Walters looked for other male figures to look up to, people like his neighborhood friends and his classmates. But his mom says he started acting out mostly because of his missing dad. “That plays a major role in him getting into things,” she says. “Getting into trouble.”

Troy Pindell and America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion semifinalist, Annaliese Dayes, wait impatiently for Walters outside his house. She borrowed a heart shaped bow tie made of red silk from Walters, and it rests under her chin. They were supposed to film an interview for Walters’ company’s website and YouTube channel two hours ago. He’s still inside looking

for his car keys. “As soon as he gets his life together, we’ll go,” Pindell jokes. At the interview, Dayes plans to ask Walters about his company and have him explain to viewers how each bow tie in the collection represents an important point in his life. He calls it an evolution. Five minutes later, he runs out of the house, keys and shattered iPhone in hand, and they’re off to FAU. The trio sets up chairs on the second floor of the College of Business. Walters forgot his video camera and has to drive back. Pindell and Dayes say this happens all the time. They look back on Walters’ fumbles while he’s gone, remembering his other ditzy moments, like leaving his car parked at FAU because he lost his keys — for four days. Walters pulls into the parking lot a few minutes later. As he’s walking up the sidewalk, he sees Pindell through the window and shakes his head, laughing. “I hate you,” he mouths and Pindell laughs. “This is what my friends do to me all the time,” Walters says. “You would think a guy in a bow tie — they would take me more seriously.” Pindell sets up cameras for the interview. They’re finally ready, and Dayes adjusts her red bow tie before the camera starts rolling. Walters is nervous and keeps rehearsing what he’s Continued on page 12


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going to say under his breath. He shuffles in his chair to keep from slouching and adjusts his clothes. “Breathe,” Dayes tells him. “Stop stressing.” After three takes, they start from the beginning once again. “I keep speaking with my hands,” Walters says. “And I have gum in my mouth.” “He always does this,” Pindell murmurs. “You overanalyze this. There’s only so much you can control,” Dayes tells him. After six takes, Walters approves. “Done?” Dayes asks. “You look unsure.” “Yeah,” he hesitates. “It’s good.”

Al’s Tailors is tucked away in the back of a shopping plaza out of the public eye. The 40-year-old shop is mostly a small room with colorful spools of thread lining one white wall and six vintage sewing machines. Soft spoken and carrying a Trinidadian accent, Michelle Francis owns the shop with her sister and makes all the bow ties in Walters’ collection. She keeps her heels next to her sewing machine for when she gets off work, but wears casual flip flops around the store. Walters stands inside wearing a white button down, gray blazer and the same red heart shaped bow tie Dayes wore at the interview a few days before. Francis leans on the counter in front of him. Walters was on his way to see another seamstress in Boca, but took a wrong turn in the plaza. He noticed the shop, walked inside and met Francis. He had already seen seven seamstresses but chose Francis’ shop on the spot. “First thing I liked about [Walters] is he’s a go getter,” she says. “He sees something he wants to go after, and he goes after it. That’s just like myself.” So far, she’s made over 30 bow ties for his website and each takes about 25 minutes to make. “The only thing I would really help him with is if the colors are going to clash,” she says. “I don’t argue with her,” Walters says. “She’s always right.” She holds up a lime green bow tie outlined with a larger pink one that they disagreed on while making it. “I said ‘OK, I’ll do it my way, and you do it your way, and we’ll decide,’” she says. Her work was better than what he already

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(Top) Walters takes custom orders on his website, joelfranklinco.com. He can also have any long tie made into a bow tie. Photo by Michelle Friswell. (Bottom) Michelle Francis owns Al’s Tailors and makes all of the bow ties sold on Walters’ website. Photo by Lamise Mansur Continued on page 14


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sold on his site, so he made the switch. Besides the 10 styles Walters has on his website ranging from $35 to $50, buyers can custom design their own and transform regular, long ties into bow ties. Walters says 10 percent of each bow tie he sells from September until March will go toward Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. But since October is breast cancer awareness month, 10 percent of this month’s proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. So far, he says he has raised $150 through sales and donations for Relay for Life and plans to donate in March at the annual walk here in Boca. A little over a year after Walters was born, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor between his chest and his spleen. “That’s what really made me start doing community service,” he says. Too young for chemotherapy, Walters had the tumor removed and went through extra treatments until he was 8 years old. Walters was in the fifth grade when his mother got a phone call from his teacher. He and his classmates were making knives out of ballpoint pens, by taking the ink out and putting razors inside. Then one of his classmate’s got stabbed. The teacher told his mother her son was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. “He was faced with a lot of challenges,” she says. “I wanted him to have a better life.” After this, and seeing their middle class neighborhood grow with people his mother didn’t want her kids around, the single mom packed up their home and moved the family to Florida. Walters was in eighth grade at the time.

Four years ago on April 1, in a hidden alley off Hypoluxo Road near Boynton Beach, Walters and three of his friends brutally attacked a teenager, who Walters claims sold one of his friends bad drugs. After allegedly hitting him and taking his money, the boys ran off and got into a car. Minutes later, police cars caught up with them. “They pulled us [out of the car] one by one, put shotguns to our head,” he says. “It was crazy.” He never told his mother the true story of what happened that day. It wasn’t until the UP asked her about it a few weeks ago that she found out. “This is the first time I’m hearing of this,” she says. “He’s never told me about an

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Walters’ friend sewed up the first bow tie for his collection and visited seven seamstresses before settling on Al’s Tailors. Photo by Michelle Friswell arrest. I don’t know who bailed him out.” Instead, she remembers him getting into a neighborhood fight in his first years of high school and calling her from the hospital. “He was jumped by a group of boys,” Spencer says. “And he had to go to the hospital and had to get stitches. Again, him being in the wrong place at the wrong time.” “That’s the thing,” Walters says, the scar from the stitches still on his head. “There were a lot of different incidences.” According to Florida Statute 943.0515, the police cannot release a minor’s history record until five years after they turn 19 years old, when the record is expunged. Walters, 17 years old, was released to go home that time in Boynton Beach. He caught a ride with a friend. Unlike his put together look now, Spencer says her son would ask her to buy him baggy clothes, and they would argue about his pants being too low. “We first moved down here, and he wasn’t active anymore,” she says. “He gained weight and wore baggy Polos.” Walters remembers rolling through the door the day of the arrest, his clothes dirty from the police roughing him up. This was after various incidents, like the fight that put him in the hospital, where Walters was fighting and getting in trouble. It was his last year of high school. At this point, it wasn’t a bow tie that made him want to turn his life around, but instead a look from his mother he will never forget. After that, Walters came to FAU and made staying away from home a priority. He got a job as a resident assistant, joined his fraternity

Alpha Phi Alpha, and studied abroad in London his summer of freshman year — anything except go home. “The hardest thing was being taken seriously,” he says. “I saw people trying to bring me back to who I was, saying ‘You know you’re going to fight anyway.’” Trading the baggy Polos for button downs, Walter focused on reinventing himself into a gentleman. He just needed something to tie it all together. “If I saw me four years ago,” he says. “I would judge me completely.” Still, to this day, he remembers the look painting his mother’s face. “She wouldn’t yell at me, she didn’t cry, she just looked at me,” he says. “Horrible feeling.”

Walters sits on a New York train with his cousin Andrew Johnson headed to SoHo. It’s the summer before his freshman year in college, and Johnson has already started his semester at New York University. Walters would return to Florida and start his first semester at FAU with bags of new cardigans and button downs from American Apparel. Walters remembers a night where the two cousins were going out to meet some of Johnson’s college friends. As he got ready, Johnson casually handed Walters one of his bow ties. “He brought one and he was like, ‘Here try this on.’ And then I just,” he pauses and rubs his hand on his chin thoughtfully. “Never turned back.”


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t might not have been a full house, but the house was rocking. The first annual Battle of the Bands kicked off in the Kaye Auditorium in the Student Union Saturday night a little after 7 p.m. It showcased six bands, all part of FAU’s on-campus record label, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings: ARTIKal Sound System, The Pathetique, Fireside Prophets, The Holidazed, Army Gideon and Phantomime. The bands battled it out for a grand prize of $1,000, a spot on Hoot Wisdom’s latest compilation CD, and a chance to be the opening act at next year’s Fall Bonfire. The free event was originally supposed to be outdoors at the outdoor stage, but was moved indoors a few hours beforehand, contributing to a sparse crowd.

Fireside Prophets’ bassist Oren “OG” Gross moves with the music during the band’s performance. Photo by Ryan Murphy

Fireside Prophets Five years ago, the guys of Fireside Prophets met at FAU’s freshman orientation. On Saturday, they flawlessly rocked out several reggae/rock tunes, the evidence of a tight knit band. “It has been the best experience of my life,” lead singer/ guitarist Justin D’Alfonso said. D’Alfonso said he got his start in music after his grandfather passed away and left D’Alfonso his guitar, and now he and the Fireside Prophets are off to kickstart their career with a new EP release on Nov. 29. “We hope to do a tour over the summer,” D’Alfonso said. The band handed out free CDs before and after the show. “Listen to it! It’ll get you laid!” D’Alfonso told a fan as he handed him a CD.

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Army Gideon Powerful, political and motivated. And very reminiscent of Bob Marley. The last act of the night, Army Gideon, combined great guitar work with hard-hitting reggae lyrics and a Rastafarian ideal. Lead singer Anbesa pumped up the crowd with a call-and-response chant. “I say Army! You say Gideon!� he yelled. To check out more of their work visit www.facebook.com/ArmyGideon

Anbesa, the lead vocalist and guitarist of Army Gideon, gets the crowd pumped with reggae rock tunes and dancing. Photo by Melissa Landolfa

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Vocalist Nick Garnett and bassist Max Cremona finish The Holidazed’s set with enthusiasm. Photos by Ryan Murphy

The Holidazed Hailing from Jacksonville, the boys of The Holidazed brought their psychedelic rock/reggae to the stage at FAU, complete with semi-screamed vocals and funk guitar. Their musical influences seem to vary, but the more funky, smooth Mellowdrama,was the best song of their set. To check out more of their work visit www.reverbnation.com/theholidazed

Phantomime “Being in a band in college is a full-time job,” lead guitarist Kevin Stewart said. “This is like my fourth job.” All the work paid off on Saturday for Phantomime, the purple-clad alt-rock quintet who took home the prize at the end of the night after a set laced with haunting keyboard undertones and screaming guitar riffs. “I wasn’t expecting it,” Stewart said of the win. According to Stewart and keys player Adrian Beuses, the band has been together for about three years and is currently signed to the Hoot/ Wisdom record label. “Our track Dancing Guns was the opening track of the second Hoot/ Wisdom compilation,” Beuses said. “The producer thought it was a great track to start off the compilation with, which is a big compliment.” “I want to be 40,” Beuses said. “Waking up and knowing that I have a show that night.” To check out more of their work visit phantomime.com/music.cfm

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Vocalist Tiana Reachelle of The Pathetique sings soulfully. She mentioned that this was the first show with all of the members of the band together. Photos by Melissa Landolfa

The Pathetique With the high-reaching vocals of lead singer Tiana Reachelle and subtle but skilled guitar work from guitarist Mike Vagnone, the band was clearly an audience favorite as fans wearing red swarmed the stage in support. The band has been together for about two years, but on Saturday, they featured two brand new members, freshmen Hunter Isbell and Ben Cross on bass and keys. Isbell and Cross have only been with the band for about two or three weeks and have never played a show with them. “We learned the music really fast,” Cross said. The Pathetique felt honored to be competing. “I’m pretty sure our name was submitted,” Mike Vagnone said. “It got down to six bands from like 21.” To check out more of their work visit www.facebook.com/thepathetique

ARTIKal Sound System “We’ve done a lot of different competitions,” lead singer RedLyte said. He encouraged audience participation as soon as he stepped onstage after a burning instrumental intro. According to RedLyte, the newly formed band will be opening for Pepper at FAU on Oct. 25. They’re touring the East Coast and South America and plan to have a fulllength album out by next year. But their busy schedule didn’t keep them from fitting in a Battle of the Bands competition at FAU. Despite the evident reggae influence ARTIKal Sound System’s music is for everyone. “Our music is for a lot of different genres,” RedLyte said. To check out more of their work visit artikalsoundsystem.com

Vocalist Redlyte of ARTIKal Sound System perform first in the first Battle of the Bands hosted by Hoot/ Wisdom Recordings.

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head coach didn’t like what she saw in her players on a particular set. Not worried about her impression on players she’s only known for a few months, she decisively shut the play down mere seconds after it began. “Full speed, guys. Full speed,” head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay demanded. “Do it how you do it in games.” Amid a flurry of directions and the squeaking of sneakers, the Lady Owls are

New FAU’s women’s basketball head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay (right) was an assistant coach at Nebraska. She helped lead the Cornhuskers to the NCAA Tournament in the 2009-2010 season and the 2011-2012 season.

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back on the court to redeem themselves after a nightmare ending last year. In the 2011-2012 season, FAU finished with a 17-13 overall record, bowing out in the first round of the NIT in blowout fashion 76-20 to USF. “The USF game leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It definitely gives me motivation,” junior Kimberly Smith said. “Thinking about how we played, how we went out, and how we let the seniors go out, it’s something I never want to let happen again.” If Lewis-Jay gets her way, it won’t. She brings an impressive resume to FAU. Boasting assistant coaching positions with Nebraska and other teams in the Big 10, Pac 10 and Big 12 conferences, the new head coach has experience on her side. Having also contributed to NCAA tournament appearances for teams in each conference, Lewis-Jay brings a certain level of expectation with her. “We expect every drill to be run perfectly,” Lewis-Jay, a self-professed perfectionist, said. Even the most miniscule details are key to Lewis-Jay’s coaching approach. “You are how you practice,” Lewis-Jay told her players during the scrimmage, when she sensed a lack of urgency. “I’m a stickler for little things.” The Lady Owls bring back three returning starters (Chenise Miller, Takia Brooks and Kimberly Smith) to complement the new additions. Redshirt senior Breana Turner (who led the Lady Owls in points in 20102011) is back in the lineup after missing all of last season due to injury. Turner’s potential bounceback will be instrumental if the Lady Owls suceed this season. She also averaged 10 assists per game in the 2010-2011 season. That playmaking Continued on page 26


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ability is something the Lady Owls missed last year as they averaged 38 percent shooting from the field. Among the freshmen/transfers, so far, junior Briah Blakely stands out. The McLennan community college transfer shows resilience during practice, at times noticeably grimacing from a previous injury. The 5-foot-8 guard also runs the different sets very well, rarely making mistakes. On scrimmage drills, Blakely was hounding opposing guards from the first dribble. The Lady Owls are also looking forward to a change in the defense. Lewis-Jay has made it clear that implementing pressure defense early and often is a goal. “That’s what we want to be,” Lewis-Jay said. “We want to be a team that puts pressure on and puts it on all 94 feet [of the court].” Even with the high expectations, LewisJay understands that she is asking a lot of her players. “Our depth may or may not let us [play pressure defense],” Lewis-Jay said. “We’ll have to go on and off with it.” One of the concerns for the Lady Owls involves the physical fitness it takes to keep up with the frantic pace of pressure defense. “They’re getting there. They didn’t come in anywhere near where we needed to be and that’s not their fault,” Lewis-Jay said. “It’s a whole new system and with the timing of me getting hired and everything, we weren’t able to show them what we wanted to do throughout the summer.” Though they may not be at their desired fitness level, players from last year’s team have not forgotten how their 2011-2012 season ended. The memory of that game drives redshirt junior forward Chenise Miller. “I was thinking about how far we came and how we should have won the Sun Belt Tournament, and we should have been in the NCAA Tournament, rather than the WNIT,” Miller said. Miller led the Lady Owls last year in scoring (10 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg). According to Lewis-Jay, however, she’s still improving as a player, adding more versatility to her game. “Chenise [Miller] is growing a little bit,” Lewis-Jay said in her ball-handling ability. In terms of bench players, Lewis-Jay sees major progress from junior Latavia Dempsey. “I’ve seen a huge amount of improvement from [Dempsey] from day one to where she is now. We’ve been challenging her to play more consistently,” Lewis-Jay said. “[She] can turn it on when she wants to, so we’ve challenged her

Lady Owls forward Chenise Miller is one of the players coach Lewis-Jay is counting on for leadership. Miller was shooting in The Burrow three months before the start of the season, hoping to erase the memory of the Lady Owls 76-20 NIT loss to USF. to do that and she’s responded.” Both Miller and Kimberly Smith see winning a Sun Belt title as a very attainable goal. Lewis-Jay admires their candor, but realizes talk is cheap. “Hey,” Lewis-Jay says with a grin. “They’ve got to prove it.” The Lady Owls start the 2012-2013 season with an exhibition game at home against Trinity Baptist at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Continued on page 28


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FAU LADY OWLS 2012-2013 SCHEDULE: Date Opponent Location 11/03/2012 Trinity Baptist Boca Raton, Fla. 11/09/2012 @Georgia Southern Statesboro, Ga. 11/16/2012 @Bethune Cookman Daytona Beach, Fla. 11/18/2012 Jacksonville Boca Raton, Fla. 11/23/2012 @Miami Coral Gables, Fla. 12/01/2012 @Arkansas State Boca Raton, Fla. 12/07/2012 @Misissippi.State Starkville, Miss. 12/10/2012 Wisconsin Madison, Wis. 12/15/2012 Stetson Boca Raton, Fla. 12/21/2012 @Troy Troy, Ala. 12/29/2012 @Louisiana-Monroe Monroe, La. 01/02/2013 Louisiana Boca Raton, Fla. 01/09/2013 @Middle Tennessee St. Murfreesboro,Tenn. 01/12/2013 @Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. 01/16/2013 Troy Boca Raton, Fla. 01/19/2013 North Texas Boca Raton, Fla. 01/23/2013 @Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. 01/26/2013 @Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. 01/30/2013 Louisiana-Monroe Boca Raton, Fla. 02/02/2013 Middle Tennessee St. Boca Raton, Fla. 02/06/2013 @FIU Miami, Fla. 02/09/2013 @South Alabama Mobile, Ala. 02/13/2013 Western Kentucky Boca Raton, Fla. 02/16/2013 @Louisianna Lafayette, La. 02/20/2013 @North Texas Denton,Texas 02/23/2013 Arkansas-Little Rock Boca Raton, Fla. 03/02/2013 FIU Boca Raton, Fla.

Three players to watch this season:

FAU guard Kimberly Smith was second on the team in free throw percentage (73.6 percent) last season.

Latavia Dempsey / Junior / Guard

6.6 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game Latavia Dempsey has been singled out by head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay as a player that has made a particular leap. As Lewis-Jay mentioned, Dempsey is skilled enough to “turn it on” when she wants to. The question is whether she will be able to contribute at a consistently high level. Improving her scoring average from 4.6 to 6.6 points per game in two seasons shows that she is, at the very least, moving in the right direction.

Chenise Miller / Junior / Forward

10.6 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game, 0.8 blocks per game Chenise Miller led the Lady Owls in scoring, rebounds and blocks last season. Aside from her ability in the post, Miller was also second on the team in assists with 1.3 per game. She should continue to improve as she assumes a leadership role.

Kimberly Smith / Junior / Guard

5 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 32 percent from 3-point

FAU women’s basketball brings back three starters in addition to the six newcomers: Ashley Stevenson (left), Briah Blakely, , Shanequa Schrouder, Brianna Marsh, Jasmine Queen and Morgan Robinson.

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Though Kimberly Smith had a bit of a down year, averaging 5 points per game, she is a solid shooter from three. In addition, head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay has been going through several plays involving a pair of screens to free up shooters. Smith’s shooting touch is good enough to warrant a good share of these plays, giving her opportunities to pad her stats and contribute to a few wins.


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