COLUMBIA, Ky. — University of Rio Grande junior Brianna Thomas is the Mid-South Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.
The weekly award is the first of the season for Thomas and second for the RedStorm (Sarah Bonar received the honor back on November 11th).
The Maplewood, N.J., guard recorded a triple-double in her only game last week to help the RedStorm to a 112-108 overtime win over arch-rival Shawnee State University.
Thomas finished the game with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to record just the sixth triple-double of the season in the NAIA. It is also the first triple-double for a RedStorm women’s basketball player since joining the Mid-South Conference.
The 29 points marks the eighth 20-plus scoring game of the season for Thomas. Her 10 rebounds and 11 assists are season highs.
Thomas leads the Mid-South in points per game (19.82) and is first in the nation in total steals (70). Thomas also ranks third in the nation in total scoring (337) and fifth in the nation in total assists (94).
Rio Grande improves to 13-4 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-South with last week’s win.
The RedStorm return to action on Thursday when they host St. Catharine at Newt Oliver Arena for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
Kerry Gibbs is the Sports Information Assistant Director at the University of Rio Grande.