Jody (Imbrie) Smith '83
A native of Butler, Pa., Jody became the first women’s basketball All-American in Grove City College history. She began her illustrious career in 1979 and graduated in 1983 with a B.A. in accounting.
A prolific scorer and passer at the guard position, Smith helped vault the women’s basketball program into the national spotlight under head coach Terry Ellis. In both her junior and senior years, the Lady Wolverines advanced to the NCAA playoffs.
In her senior season, Jody led the nation in scoring at 28.5 points per game after finishing third the previous year. She earned unanimous First Team All-America honors.
During her four years, the teams posted a 73-14 record, including a 22-5 mark in 1982-83. In the 1983 playoffs, they upset No. 2 ranked Susquehanna in the first round. Earlier, they defeated Slippery Rock University, ranked 14th in Division II at the time.
Scoring records still listed first are: the top four single-season totals; the top four single-season scoring averages; single game scoring -- 41 points against Youngstown State in 1983 -- single game field goals and free throws made; and Grove City’s all-time leading scorer (men included) with 2,288 points.
In each of her four years, the team won the Women’s Keystone Conference and she received First Team All-WKC honors. Jody also attained All-Region honors from the Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
Following her senior season, she received honors from GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America, Kodak Women’s All-America and J.C. Penney All-America Five. The College’s Sportswoman of the Year plaque was also awarded to her. She also earned an invitation to the 1984 Olympic basketball tryouts.