Thomas Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Jan. 21, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Whitney Thomas earned her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor after posting an impressive week for the Indiana women's basketball team.
Thomas collected three straight double-doubles helping IU to three consecutive wins over some of the toughest teams in the Big Ten. Against rival Purdue on Jan. 14, Thomas registered 17 points, 18 rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals to help the Hoosiers knock off the Boilermakers by 12 points on the road.
She then powered the Hoosiers through a double overtime win against Minnesota in Assembly Hall on Jan. 17. Against the Gophers, Thomas collected 12 points, 17 rebounds and a blocked shot.
Two days later, Thomas helped IU get their second straight road win as she tallied 11 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Her effort against the Spartans helped IU pick up their first win over Michigan State since Jan. 20, 2002.
On the week, the 6-foot post averaged 13.3 points, 15.7 boards, 2.3 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per contest. She shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field.
Thomas also eclipsed the 700-career rebounds mark, tallying 47 over the course of three games. She has collected seven double-doubles on the season and 17 in her career, and has tallied double-digit boards nine times this year.
The Bloomington, Ind., native is the first Hoosier to earn the Big Ten weekly accolade since Cyndi Valentin earned the honor on Feb. 20, 2006.
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