Information from this report provided by the Arizona media-relations department
Sam Thomas has been named a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American for the second consecutive year, the first time an Arizona women’s basketball player has earned that honor.
The graduate student with a 4.0 GPA is studying Educational Leadership.
Thomas, who is the program’s first two-time first-team Academic All-American, was also named first team All-District back in 2019. The Las Vegas product was also the 2021 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
She won the Elite 90 Award at the 2021 Final Four, and has been on the Pac-12 All-Academic team each year since her sophomore season.
Thomas is the career leader in games started and played (125). She is also 10th in career scoring (1,135), third in made 3-pointers (171), fourth in 3-point percentage (.361), second in career blocks (169) and fourth in career steals (220).
Sam Thomas is the first two-time First Team Academic All-American in program history!
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Thomas is shooting a career-high 42.5 percent from 3-point range this season.. That is third-best in the Pac-12 and also ranks third in single-season percentage in program history.
Thomas and the Wildcats will play UNLV, which features her younger sister Jade, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. in McKale Center.