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January 15, 2014

April Thomas named GSC Player of the Week

VALDOSTA — In recognition of her efforts last week on the basketball court, April Thomas has been named this week's Gulf South Conference women's basketball Player of the Week.

The honor for Thomas comes on the heels of a week in which the Lady Blazer guard tallied an average of 16.3 in three GSC matchups, while shooting 19-41 from the field and 8-20 from beyond the arc.

“This means so much to me, it means my hard work is paying off a little bit,” said Thomas. “It isn’t enough yet though, we want to win the Gulf South Conference.”

The highlight performance of the week for Thomas came against the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville on January 6, when the Lady Blazers overcame a 16 point halftime deficit to claim a 89-81 comeback victory.

In the game, Thomas caught fire after the break as she collected three steals, dished out two assists, and drilled five three pointers in seven attempts. In the second half alone, the Bainbridge, Ga. native posted 22 of her 24 points after shooting 7-10 from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line.

“Coming over was a big transition from my old school, but it’s still basketball,” said Thomas, who transferred to Valdosta State this Spring. “Most of my teammates remember playing against me when I was at Albany State so we kind of knew each other some. But they’ve had confidence in me here and it’s made it easier.”

Currently, Thomas stands among the league leaders in scoring with an average of 14.8 points per game. Her offensive output has placed her sixth overall in the Gulf South Conference in the category.

The Player of the Week honor is the first of Thomas' Lady Blazer career.

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