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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 31, 2009 7:30 AM

Ferentz receives award from Connecticut

Kirk Ferentz has received numerous accolades throughout the years; he added to that list on Monday, when his alma mater, the University of Connecticut, selected him for the Neag School of Education’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Ferentz played linebacker for the Huskies and began his coaching career at Connecticut in 1977 as a student assistant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English education in 1978 from Connecticut’s Neag School.

While playing at Connecticut, Ferentz became a team captain and was named Academic All-Yankee Conference.

According to a release on Monday, the award recognizes Ferentz for contributions made during his 11 years now as Iowa’s head coach.

Ferentz will receive this award at an annual awards dinner held at Connecticut by the school’s alumni society in May.

— by Brendan Stiles

Smith to shoot in 3-point challenge

Senior women’s basketball player Kristi Smith will put on her Hawkeye jersey one final time in the ESPN Slam Dunk and 3-point challenge on Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich.

She is one of eight women and eight men to compete in the annual competition. The challenge, in its 21st year, is held annually in the host city of the men’s Final Four.

Smith finished her senior campaign with a 3-point percentage of 41.4, connecting on 65 field goals from downtown. The percentage ranks her 16th nationally, and the total 3-pointers made is the most by any senior in the Big Ten.

Smith’s career 3-point percentage of 40.7 sets a school record and also ranks second in the Big Ten annals.

The competition will be aired on ESPN on tape-delay from 8-10 p.m.

— by Jeff Pawola

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