Former Lady Raider Judith Smith passes away

Judith Smith
Judith Smith

Provided by Texas Tech University

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball program was saddened to hear of the news on Thursday, Jan. 26, that former Lady Raider guard Judith Smith had passed away at the age of 25.

The cause of her death is unknown at this time. She would have been 26 on Monday.

"Lady Raider Nation lost a family member today," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "Judith will always be a Lady Raider in all our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time."

Smith came to Tech in 2004 and played in 27 games as a freshman, averaging five points per game with a season-high 14 against Baylor. In her final season in 2005-06, Smith averaged 3.7 points per game in 15 games.

"We started watching her play early on in high school and really started recruited her hard her junior year," former Lady Raider head coach Marsha Sharp said. "After our first in-home visit with her, it was apparent she came from some difficult circumstances. I remember sitting in the car after talking with her at her home in California and thinking that we really needed to give her an athletic scholarship to get her out and so that she would have an opportunity to do something here at Tech.

"I've spoken with many of the players who were around her here – Alesha Robertson, Erin Myrick, Erin Grant, Brooke Baughman, LaToya Davis, Tawanna Flowers, Teddy Griffin – we're all just devastated at the loss. Just unbelievable."

A memorial is being planned for Smith at her former high school, Long Beach Poly High. For more details please contact the Lady Raiders office at (806) 742-7700.