DURHAM, N.C. - The Associated Press released its 2009-10 All-America Teams on Tuesday with Blue Devil junior Jasmine Thomas earning third team accolades.
Thomas and the sixth-ranked Blue Devils had their season come to a close last night with a 51-48 loss to 14th-ranked Baylor in the Memphis Regional Final in Memphis, Tenn. Thomas registered 16 points in the loss and was named to the Memphis Regional All-Tournament team.
Earning first team honors were Maya Moore (UConn), Tina Charles (UConn), Kelsey Griffin (Nebraska), Monica Wright (Virginia) and Jantel Lavender (Ohio State). On the second team was Andrea Riley (Oklahoma State), Nnemka Ogwumike (Stanford), Jayne Appel (Stanford), Alysha Clark (Middle Tennessee State) and Brittney Griner (Baylor).
A native of Fairfax, Va., Thomas had a breakout junior campaign as she was named one of 12 finalists for the State Farm Wade Trophy, Naismith and John R. Wooden candidate for National Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP, first team All-ACC, Nancy Lieberman Award nominee, Kay Yow Award as the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America.
Along with Thomas on the third team was Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Victoria Dunlap (Kentucky), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware) and Amber Harris (Xavier).
Thomas led Duke to its sixth ACC Championship and a share of the ACC Regular Season title, after averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals on the year. The 5-11 guard started all 36 contests and led the Blue Devils with 11 games with 20 or more points scored.
A native of Fairfax, Va., Thomas had one of the best all-around seasons in Duke history as she became only the second Blue Devil to notch 100 steals in a season along with Alana Beard. Thomas also ranked in seven other Duke single-season categories -- 63 three-pointers (4th), 577 points (7th), 1,168 minutes (1st), 532 field goal attempts (2nd), 177 three-point field goal attempts (5th), 146 assists (8th) and 100 steals (4th).
Duke closed the season with a 30-6 overall record, which marked the eighth 30-win season in Blue Devil history and the first under Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie.