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Arizona’s Sam Thomas named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

TUCSON (KVOA) - Arizona Women's Basketball Sam Thomas has been named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference announced on Thursday.

Thomas is Arizona's first Scholar-Athlete of the year in school history.

The award honors collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

According to the University of Arizona Athletics, Thomas currently carries a 4.00 grade-point average while pursuing a master's degree in educational leadership after completing her undergraduate studies with a 3.97 GPA.

She was a candidate for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award.

Off the court, Thomas has served as co-president of the Arizona Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and earned Pac-12 Winter Academic Honor Roll recognition in 2020. She was a Pac-12 All-Academic and CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team recipient in 2019.

On the court, Thomas received Pac-12 All-Conference and All-Defensive Team accolades after averaging 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.3 blocks through the regular season.

She is the only player in the Pac-12 to average at least two steals and one block per game and is shooting 53% from three in her last eight games.

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