DURHAM, N.C. - After closing out her career in the Philadelphia Regional final last week, Duke University senior Jasmine Thomas continues to bring in the honors. Thomas has been named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and Full Court Press Second Team All-America.
Thomas, a native of Fairfax, Va., led sixth-ranked Duke to a 32-4 overall and 12-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) action in 2010-11. She was named ACC Tournament MVP for the second straight year after guiding Duke to its second consecutive ACC Tournament crown.
On the Full Court Press All-America teams were Brittney Griner (Baylor), Jantel Lavender (Ohio State), Maya Moore (Connecticut), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford) and Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga) on the first team. Along with Thomas on the second team were Danielle Adams (Texas A&M), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Amber Harris (Xavier) and Shenise Johnson (Miami).
The 5-9 guard averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.4 steals and 0.6 blocks on the season. Thomas was a finalist for the John R. Wooden and Naismith National Player of the Year awards, while being named to the All-ACC Defensive Team and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award first team was Erin Anthony (Army), Angie Bjorklund (Tennessee), Maya Moore (Connecticut) and Kayla Pedersen (Stanford), while the second team included Dawn Evans (James Madison), Amber Harris (Xavier), Sam Quigley (DePaul), Liz Repella (West Virginia) and Thomas.
Against ranked opponents, Thomas stepped up her game to another level. She averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 3.3 assists in 14 contests this season. In 51 career games against ranked opponents, Thomas posted double-figure scoring in 39 of those, including 27 out of the last 28. Thomas notched ten 20+ point games as well over her career.
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