Walsh All-American, All-Time Leading Scorer Sha Carter joins Women’s Basketball
FORT MYERS, FL. – Walsh University all-time leading scorer and three-time All-American Sha Carter (Southfield, Mich./Wylie E. Groves HS/Walsh) has officially joined the FGCU women’s basketball program as announced by the head coach Karl Smesko today. Carter has one year left after a stellar career with the Cavaliers, coached by former FGCU standout Kate (Schrader) Bruce.
“We are very excited to add Sha to our program. She’s athletic, strong and really smart,” Smesko said. “She’s a very efficient player who has proven herself at college level. She fits in very well with our style of play. Not only is she a great player, she’s a great student too.”
Carter, a 6-foot guard/small forward, ended her career at Walsh with a program record 2,116 points, including a season record 622 points last year. She helped the Cavaliers to two Great Midwest Athletic Conference titles and three NCAA Division II tournament berths, including a Sweet 16 run that season.
She was an All-American selection three times and was named G-MAC Player of the Year twice. She was also named Midwest Player of the Year in 2021-22 and was a three-time All-Midwest Region honoree. She has been named to the All G-MAC First Team in each of her four seasons and to the All-Defensive Team in three of those seasons.
Overall this year, she averaged nearly a double-double, averaging 19 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 57.2 percent from the floor. Her 622 points was the sixth-highest nationally. During her career, she has averaged 18 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.
In teaching, Carter graduated summa cum laude after earning honors from the President’s List and Dean’s List, majoring in Sociology, Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Forensics. She has also been inducted into three lifelong academic societies: Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology Honor Society), Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology), and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science/Government Honor Society).
Before joining Walsh, Carter was a standout at Wylie E. Groves HS, where she averaged 21.5 points per game as a senior. The All-Michigan selection was a Detroit Free Press first-team selection and received second-team honors from the Associated Press and Detroit News. She was also a contender for the Michigan Miss Basketball title.
Carter is the second transfer signee the Eagles announced this spring, along with Uju Ezeudu, a 6-foot forward from Denver University. Ezeudu was a two-time All-Summit League selection and the third-top conference scorer last season. She was also the Pioneers’ fastest player to reach 1,000 career points in just 73 games.
FGCU, ranked 20th in the last WBCA poll of the season, ended 2021-22 with a 30-3 overall record after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. This was the Eagles’ eighth NCAA tournament appearance in the past 11 years and their fifth straight. The Green-Blues won their ninth ASUN Championship title to secure the spot, while the 30 wins marked the fifth time in the last eight seasons to reach that milestone.
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FGCU Head Coach Karl Smesko holds a career overall record of 610-128 (.826), which is the third-highest win ratio among active Division I coaches, behind only UConn’s Geno Auriemma and LSU’s Kim Mulkey. He has also led the Eagles to a 232-18 (.930) mark in ASUN regular season play and a 30-2 (.933) record in ASUN tournament play. In the past 10 seasons, he has led FGCU to a 153-5 (.968) record in conference play with six unbeaten seasons. The 12-time ASUN Coach of the Year has led the program to 12 consecutive 25-win seasons and 18 consecutive 20-win campaigns, including more than 30 wins in five of the last eight years. Additionally, the Eagles are 549-101 (.845) all-time since Smesko started the program in the 2002-03 season, and the Green and Blue’s .845 all-time win ratio is the best in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.
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