December 4, 2017 - by
Shakayla Thomas Named ESPNW Player of the Week

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.

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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.

ADDITIONAL:

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.

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