Thomas on ACC All-Tournament Second Team
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Junior guard Jessica Thomas of the University of Miami women’s basketball team was announced Sunday afternoon as a member of the All-ACC Tournament Second Team.
The 5-foot-6-inch Thomas helped lead fifth-seeded Miami (24-8, 10-6 ACC) to its second berth in the ACC Tournament semifinals, averaging 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the Hurricanes’ three games.
“She’s like Reggie Jackson,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said after Thomas scored a season-high 21 points in the Hurricanes win over No. 14/10 Florida State. “She’s not Mr. October, she’s Ms. March.”
Thomas connected on five 3-pointers in Miami’s 74-56 quarterfinal win against the fourth-seeded Seminoles and then made five more in the semifinals against top-seeded and No. 2/3-ranked Notre Dame. She had never made five shots from long range in a game during her first 94 career outings.
A native of Gainesville, Fla., Thomas shot 43.2 percent (16-of-37) from the field and 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from 3-point range. After posting 21 points in the victory over Florida State, she scored a co-game-high 17 in a career-high 39 minutes against the Fighting Irish.
Thomas also tallied five assists in each game, aiding No. 21/21 Miami to its first multi-win ACC Tournament appearance in its 12 years in the ACC.
“I just think my competitive spirit, my will to win and just knowing my teammates and I put in so much work,” Thomas said of why she performs so well in March. “I can’t see anything else but us being on top.”
Thomas is the fifth Hurricane to garner ACC All-Tournament honors and the first since Shawnice Wilson in 2012.
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