Charlotte Smith (basketball)

Charlotte Smith
Forward
Born August 23, 1973
Shelby, North Carolina
Nationality USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg)
College North Carolina
Draft 33rd overall, 1999
Charlotte Sting
WNBA Teams
Charlotte Sting (1999–2004)
Washington Mystics (2005)
Awards and Honors
ACC 50th Anniversary Team

Best Female College Basketball Player ESPY Award (1995)
All-America First Team (1995)
All-ACC First Team (1994, 1995)
ACC Women's Basketball Tournament Most Valuable Player (1994, 1995)
NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1994)

Charlotte Smith (born August 23, 1973 in Shelby, North Carolina) was a professional basketball player for the Charlotte Sting, Washington Mystics, and Indiana Fever in the WNBA and for the Colorado Xplosion and San Jose Lasers in the ABL. She is currently the head women's basketball coach at Elon University.

After excelling as a basketball player at Shelby High School, Smith played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels. As a freshman, she was selected as women's basketball Rookie of the Year for the Atlantic Coast Conference. She was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in 1994 when she hit the championship-winning shot for the Tar Heels at the buzzer. In the same game, Smith tied an NCAA Tournament record with 23 rebounds. She was named National College Player of the Year by ESPN in 1995, was named a first-team collegiate All-American by Kodak/WBCA and the Associated Press, and is one of only two North Carolina women's basketball players to have had her jersey retired. She was named most valuable player of the ACC Tournament in her junior and senior years.She also became the second female college basketball player ever to dunk during a game on December 4, 1994. In 2002, Smith was named to the ACC's Fiftieth Anniversary Team.

After her collegiate eligibility ended in 1995, Smith joined a professional basketball club in Italy. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Italian league's All-Star game for the 1995–6 season. Smith also participated in the 1996 William Jones Cup as a member of USA Basketball, and was named MVP of the tournament after the USA won the gold medal.

In 1996, Smith was selected by the Colorado Xplosion in the third round of the initial draft held by the newly formed ABL. She played one season with Colorado, then was traded to the San Jose Lasers. As a Laser, she was named to the ABL All-Star team for the 1997–8 season.

Following the ABL's cessation of operations in 1999, Smith participated in the 1999 WNBA Draft, where the Charlotte Sting chose her with the 33rd overall pick. She played six seasons with the Sting. During offseasons, she interned with the Sting's front office, worked with US Sport Management, Inc., played a second winter season in Italy in 1999–2000, and served as an assistant women's basketball coach at UNC for several seasons. Smith also earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from UNC in 1999.

Smith joined the WNBA's Washington Mystics for the 2005 season. She was briefly affiliated with the Indiana Fever at the start of the 2006 season, but did not play.

Smith married Johnny Taylor and is sometimes known by her married name of Charlotte Smith-Taylor.

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