TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Three Florida State Women’s Basketball student-athletes in senior Adut Bulgak, junior Leticia Romero and sophomore Shakayla Thomas have been selected as Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-Americans. Bulgak (Edmonton, Canada) and Romero (Las Palmas, Spain) are repeat All-America selections, becoming just the second and third FSU players to earn All-America status multiple times.
The two stalwarts join Seminole all-time scoring leader Sue Galkantas as players who have earned repeat All-America honors, as the legend achieved the feat in 1982 and 1983.
Thomas nabs her first All-America status following a superb campaign. The sophomore from Sylacauga, Ala., is the youngest FSU student-athlete by class to be named an All-American (excludes freshman All-America) since former player Allison Peercy was selected as a special mention All-American by the American Women’s Sports Federation in 1993 as a sophomore.
Florida State’s three All-America selections are the most since the program had four players chosen in 1993.
Thomas emerged as one of the ACC’s top performers this season and figures to be in the running once again for conference player of the year in 2016-17. She led FSU with 16.4 points per game and shot 53.7 percent from the field (227-of-423). Thomas also averaged 5.5 rebounds. Her 524 total points this season is tied with FSU Hall of Famer Tia Paschal (1992-93) for the seventh-most in a single year, while her 227 field goals made is fifth-most.
In conference play, Thomas finished third in the ACC in scoring (17.5 points) and fourth in field goal percentage (54.6 percent). She recorded one of the best individual performances in conference play this season when she scored 32 points along with 14 rebounds on 14-of-20 shooting in a 75-69 win on Jan. 10 vs. Georgia Tech that earned her ACC Player of the Week honors.
Romero averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shot 44.7 percent from 3-point range (38-of-85) in her junior year. Her single-season percentage from downtown is the third-best in FSU history, while her 83.3 free-throw percentage is also the third-best in a season at FSU.
The Spanish Olympic Team hopeful shot 50 percent or better in 15 of her 30 games played and recorded 17 games in double-figure scoring. Romero is fourth in the ACC in assists and second in the league in 3-point field goal percentage.
Bulgak adds to her growing list of awards after averaging 12.7 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Seminoles, leading them to their second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. She once again led FSU with 34 blocked shots while shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. Bulgak also shot 48.1 percent (156-of-324) from the floor.
Bulgak was once again one of the ACC’s top rebounders, currently fifth in the league in overall rebounding, as well as seventh in defensive rebounds and sixth in offensive boards.