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February 13, 2014

Sullivan native Rhagen Smith working hard to contribute to Indiana State bench

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State freshman Rhagen Smith wasn’t needed to fill a big void in the post for the women’s basketball team this season.

The former Sullivan standout knew she wasn’t likely to step in and play huge minutes, but the 6-foot-2 forward is trying to make the most of the action she gets. Smith spells starting post players Racheal Mahan and Marina Laramie.

She’s 5 of 8 from the field during Missouri Valley Conference play and performing better in practice, providing her teammates with the assurance she can play well if an injury or foul trouble arises. Laramie’s minutes have been limited in multiple games due to foul trouble.

“Confidence has been a big thing for me, getting my feel, getting my role on the team. Now, I’m molded into my role. I feel more confident and I think my teammates have confidence in me,” Smith said this week.

Smith converted a momentous 3-point play during last Friday’s loss at Illinois State, a result of staying focused in practice.

Although Smith has seen action in eight of the 10 conference games, this season has been more about getting her footing at the Division I level.

Smith’s mature outlook helps produce a strong team atmosphere.

“There was never any bitterness of ‘I’m not playing.’ It was this this is an opportunity for me to be in practice, to watch, to get acclimated to the college game and make the transition in practice,” ISU coach Teri Moren said. “She’s so coachable. She’s really embraced her role. She feels like her job on this team is to make ‘Red’ [Laramie] and Racheal better.”

Smith said she’s tried to embrace that role.

“I’ve really tried to embrace that role, trying to push Marina and Racheal the best I can. I know if I work hard, that’s only going to make our team that much better. I know that translates to the games,” Smith said.

Moren sees steady contributions coming from Smith, in part due to her mental approach.

“Rhagen’s a kid that will post for a 30-second count. She doesn’t allow herself to quit working,” Moren said. “If you’re going to have to guard her, you’ll have to guard her the entire time we have the ball.”

 

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