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36 Smith was part of a 1993 recruiting class that included Nadine Domond, Tiffany Gooden, Angela Hamblin, Timicha Kirby, Shannon Perry, and Malikah Willis. Domond (Rutgers), Perry (UCLA), Smith (Northwestern), and Willis (Texas Tech) are assistant basketball coaches. When Perry was married in Los Angeles earlier this year, five other members of that recruiting class were in attendance. "We call each other sisters through basketball," Smith said. "ere were a lot of great memories in college and those turned into long-lasting friendships." Smith said her induction into the National Iowa Varsity Club Hall of Fame was bittersweet because her mother, Stephanie, passed away a year and a half ago. TANGELA SMITH "I wish she could be here to see it," Smith said. "It was an emotional day for me because she was always so proud of me and wanted me to do my best in everything. She was at all my high school games and traveled a lot to Iowa to see me play. Every chance she got, she watched me in the WNBA. She was a big supporter." Smith stays in touch with Stringer and Angie Lee, who was Iowa's head coach from 1995-2000. e Hawkeyes made the NCAA Tournament in Smith's final three seasons, going 4-3 overall, and advancing to a regional semifinal in 1996.

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