Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thomas Dominates in Rematch Against UALR

Ole Miss senior guard Bianca Thomas has taken her game to another level this season, in leading the Rebel women’s basketball team in a 6-1 record, after the first month of the year. Thomas has become one of the most complete players in the Southeastern Conference and has really showed exactly what she is made of.

Wednesday night the Rebels battled UALR on the road in a very hostile environment. Thomas made it very clear to the players all week during practice how important the game was and how bad she wanted revenge from last year’s home loss to UALR. It was clear very early in the game that Thomas was going to take it upon herself and show everyone in attendance that Ole Miss was not going to lose this year. She even went as far as to gather her teammates at the free throw line after UALR had taken a lead in the second half and tells them that no matter what the score was at the time, Ole Miss was going to win the game. I could read her lips from my seat on press row when she yelled, “we are not going to lose this game.”

When the final horn sounded, Thomas proved everyone right as Ole Miss claimed a 70-51 over the Trojans to win its third straight game. She was virtually unstoppable during the game and scored a game-high 29 points to post her 15th career game with at least 20 points. Thomas also became just the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points as she finished the game having scored 1,006 points during her time at Ole Miss. Maybe even more impressive, Thomas hit seven three-pointers in the game to tie the school record for the most three-pointers in a game. Believe it or not, but it was actually the second time she has hit seven three-pointers in a single game, as she also did it last season as a junior. Read More on game.
Thomas has really put the team on her back this season and has embraced her role as the team’s leader. She is one of the most talented players in our conference, and I am so excited about where she can take this team this year. I really believe she has what it takes to become an All-American this season. To see an interview with Thomas click here.

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