TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Senior forward Shakayla Thomas has been recognized as the ESPNW National Player of the Week, announced on Monday morning by the news organization.
Thomas, a native of Sylacauga, Ala., led Florida State to two road victories at Iowa (94-93) and James Madison (79-63). Over the two games, she averaged 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60 percent (27-of-45) from the floor. Thomas also averaged 13.5 made field goals, tying her career high with 14 made at Iowa.
The Naismith Trophy and Wade Trophy Watch List member has been on a scoring tear over her last four games, averaging 28.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 61.2 percent from the field (52-of-85) and 13 makes per game in that time. For the season, Thomas leads FSU with 22.9 points per game and is shooting 59 percent (82-of-139) from the floor.
Thomas has done her greatest damage in crunch time. The two-time All-American scored 17 of her 31 points in the fourth quarter in FSU’s thriller at Iowa. There was a stretch where she went on a 9-0 run by herself to go from a 79-71 deficit with 5:37 left to an 80-79 lead with 3:13 remaining.
Thomas’ 31 points against the high-scoring Hawkeyes marked her second career 30-point game.
With FSU trailing James Madison early in the third quarter on Sunday, Thomas broke out with 10 points in the period on 5-of-5 shooting. For the week, she averaged 19.5 points in the second half.
Nationally, Thomas ranks high in several categories: She is second in field goals made (82) and 2-point field goals made (82), third in points per 40 minutes (33.6) and ninth in points per game (22.9).
The Seminoles return to Tallahassee for a two-game homestand. On Thursday at 7 p.m., FSU hosts Stetson. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the Seminoles face Arizona State.
Shakayla Thomas was also announced as the ACC Player of the Week at 3 p.m. This is her second career conference player of the week honor.