Women's Basketball

Years Played


Year Inducted


One of the most entertaining players to play for the Bison, Smykowski was part of Amy Ruley-coached teams that burst onto the Division II basketball scene.  She was the 1989 North Central Conference Player of the Year and competed for the North Squad at the 1986 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival.

A three-time first-team All-NCC pick (1987, 1988 and 1989), she became NDSU's first Kodak Division II All-American in 1989 and was named to the AWSF All-America second team in 1987 and third team in 1988 and 1989.

Her successful postseason play earned a spot on the 1986 NCAA national all-tournament team, and she also was a two-time NCAA regional all-tournament team pick.  She formed one of the best women's backcourt duos in school history with fellow inductee Kristi Kremer.

Named to North Dakota's Top 50 athletes of the century by Sports Illustrated, she was NDSU's leading scorer when she departed with 1,838 points and still holds records for field goals attempted (1,664), single-game 3-point field goals attempted (15) and 3-point percentage (5-for-6, .833), season assists (208) and career assists (742), and single-game free-throw percentage (14-for-14, 1.000).  She ranks on 11 all-time Bison lists.

A six-time NCC Player of the Week, the Bison won three NCC championships (1987, 1988 and 1989) in her time, finished second in nation as a freshman, and third in nation as a junior while appearing in NCAA playoffs all four years.  She held the NDSU record for consecutive free throws made (26) from 1987 until 2004 and still holds the consecutive free throws made in game record (14 vs. Central Missouri State in 1986).

One of the top players in North Dakota prep history, she was the state's first "Miss Basketball" while at Lidgerwood High School and was a Converse High School All-American.  In her prep career she was a four-time all-state and all-conference performer, a five-year letterwinner in track, and a state track qualifier on three occasions.

On the softball diamond, she played on two state champion squads and played for the national championship in 1982.

She coached locally for several years, including basketball and track at Fargo North, and teaches health and physical education in the Fargo Public Schools system.

She and her husband, David Jacobson, a family practice physician at MeritCare, have two children, Anthony and Sarah.