Pepperdine hosts Westmont on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an exhibition.
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Jordan Smith, a former New Mexico women's basketball standout, is in her third season as an assistant coach at Pepperdine and prepares for her second year under head coach Ryan Weisenberg in 2014-15.
Smith was a four-time All-Mountain West Conference selection for the Lobos and left New Mexico ranked third in scoring with 1,798 career points and first in career blocks with 344. She earned WNIT All-Tournament honors in 2001 and was named to the NCAA All-Midwest Region Tournament Team during her senior season. Smith also collected MWC Tournament MVP honors during the 2003 season and was the last Lobo drafted by the WNBA.
In November of 2012, Smith was inducted into the New Mexico Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduating in 2003, Smith appeared in 10 games for the Minnesota Lynx. She set a season-high with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Connecticut on July 23. She continued to play professionally overseas until 2005, making stops in Calais, France; Athens, Greece and Seoul, Korea.
Upon returning stateside, Smith was picked No. 5 overall in the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) draft by the Birmingham Power where she was an Eastern Conference All-Star team member and ranked in the top-five in the league in field goal percentage.
Smith was a member of the Canadian National Team from 2006-11 and helped the squad to a 12th-place finish at the 2010 World Championships in the Czech Republic.
She turned to the coaching side of the game soon after college graduation, and following several stints instructing at various camps, was hired as the head girls' basketball coach at Moapa Valley High School, located in Overton, Nev., in 2006.
Smith returned to her alma mater in 2008, serving as New Mexico's Director of Women's Basketball Operations until 2011. During her time in Albuquerque, Smith was responsible for everything from team travel and video exchange to coordinating the end-of-year banquet.
Smith earned her bachelor's degree in undergraduate studies with an emphasis in journalism and physical education in 2003. She went on to get her master's in teaching special education from Western Governor's University, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2010.
Smith isn't the only basketball standout in the family. Her brother, Kyle Wiltjer, is a forward at Gonzaga, and her father, Greg Wiltjer, played for the Canadian National Team at the 1984 Olympics.
Originally from Overton, Nev., Smith now resides in Thousand Oaks, Calif. with her husband Eric and their two pets.