March 1, 2016 - by

Thomas and Bulgak Make Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC Teams

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Florida State Women’s Basketball had two recipients on the Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC Team as sophomore forward Shakayla Thomas was selected with first team honors while senior center Adut Bulgak made the second team, the conference announced Tuesday.

Thomas, who hails from Sylacauga, Ala., quickly became of the best student-athletes in the conference after posting a team-leading 17.3 points per game along with 5.5 rebounds while shooting an impressive 55.9 percent from the floor (209-of-374) in the regular season. Averaging 26 minutes per game off the bench, Thomas is third in the ACC in scoring and second in field goal percentage.

The extremely athletic forward has been named to the All-ACC First Team for the first time in her career. As a freshman in 2014-15, she was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team, was honored as the ACC Sixth Player of the Year and was selected to the ACC All-Tournament First Team.

Thomas’ offensive efficiency has been what sets her apart from many other players across the country. She averages 1.023 points per possession, ranking in the 97th percentile among all student-athletes. Her 26.5 points scored per 40 minutes is second among all sophomores, she generated 27 double-figure scoring games in 28 games played and shot 50 percent or better in 22 of her 28 games.

While Thomas has recorded several signature performances this season, the best of her eight games with 20+ points came against Georgia Tech on Jan. 12. Thomas registered career highs in points (32), rebounds (14) and field goals made (14-of-20) to earn one of the NCAA Player of the Week honors as well as ACC Player of the Week.

Thomas is now the 10th Seminole to earn All-ACC First Team honors.

Bulgak earns a spot on the All-ACC Team for the second time in as many tries, making the second team. The Edmonton, Canada, resident averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in the regular season while shooting 48.3 percent (140-of-290) from the floor.

What separates Bulgak from many other centers across the country is her unlimited range. The two-time All-ACC player is shooting 36.2 percent (25-of-69) from 3-point range. She is leading the Seminoles with 27 blocked shots for the second straight season and has collected a team-best six double-doubles this year.

Bulgak ranks in the Top 10 in the ACC in rebounding (7.8), offensive rebounds (3.0) and defensive rebounds (4.8) per game. Two of her best performances came against the ACC’s top teams in Louisville (22 points, six rebounds, 4-of-6 from 3-point range) and Syracuse (23 points, nine rebounds, 9-of-13 overall).

Bulgak is the 10th Seminole to make the All-ACC Team multiple times, earning first team honors as a junior.

 

Thomas and Bulgak Make Blue Ribbon Panel All-ACC Teams

 

BLUE RIBBON PANEL ALL-ACC HONOREES:

All-ACC Team
First Team
Azurá Stevens, So., F/G, Duke
Shakayla Thomas, So., F, Florida State
Aaliyah Whiteside, Sr., G/F, Georgia Tech
Myisha Hines-Allen, So., F, Louisville
Mariya Moore, So., F, Louisville
Adrienne Motley, Jr., G, Miami
Lindsay Allen, Jr., G, Notre Dame
Madison Cable, GS, G, Notre Dame
Brianna Turner, So., F, Notre Dame
Alexis Peterson, Jr., G, Syracuse

Second Team
Adut Bulgak, Sr., C, Florida State
Rebecca Greenwell, R-So., G, Duke
Stephanie Watts, Fr., G, North Carolina
Miah Spencer, Jr., G, NC State
Dominique Wilson, R-Jr., G, NC State

All-Freshman Team
Mariella Fasoula, Fr., C, Boston College
Asia Durr, Fr., G, Louisville
Stephanie Watts, Fr., G, North Carolina
Destinee Walker, Fr., G, North Carolina
Marina Mabrey, Fr., G, Notre Dame
Arike Ogunbowale, Fr., G, Notre Dame
Brenna Wise, Fr., G/F, Pitt
Ariel Stephenson, Fr., G, Wake Forest

 

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