Florida State's Thomas coming up big late in games




Florida State
Florida State's Thomas coming up big late in games  

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State's Shakayla Thomas' play could be summed up by one phrase - ''better late than never.''

The senior forward posted double-doubles in her past two games for the eighth-ranked Seminoles, but most of it has come after halftime.

In an 81-79 victory at Wake Forest on Jan. 18, Thomas scored all but two of her 28 points in the second half and overtime. Three days later, she had eight of her 14 points in the final 20 minutes as the eighth-ranked Seminoles upset No. 4 Louisville 50-49.

Over the final five minutes of both games, Thomas scored 12 of Florida State's 26 points.

When it comes to why most of Thomas' production has come late, she would like to be the first to know.

''I don't know. Maybe it is because I'm more tuned in and aggressive,'' said Thomas, who is averaging 10.5 of her 18.5 points per game after halftime. ''I think everyone wakes up in the second half. Either the team does or I feed off my teammates.''

Thomas, who is fifth in the conference in scoring at 18.5 points per game, is also averaging 21 points and 8.3 rebounds over the past three games. After a big win at Louisville, the Seminoles (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) face another big test on Sunday when they host fifth-ranked Notre Dame (19-2, 7-1).

Even though the numbers might say Thomas is playing her best basketball of the season, she refuses to say that.

''Have you seen those first-half points? The best is going to come out at some point and then everyone is going to be in total shock,'' she said.

Coach Sue Semrau, who knows Thomas' game as well as anyone, says even scouting Thomas in high school in Sylacauga, Alabama, she would hold back until it was absolutely necessary in order to get teammates involved.

For the first three years of Thomas' collegiate career, that has worked out pretty well. She was the ACC's Sixth Player of the Year in 2015 and '16 before being the coaches selection as Player of the Year last season.

With the Seminoles though trying to reach their first Women's Final Four after three straight Sweet 16 appearances and spots in the Elite Eight two of the last three years, Semrau is trying to get more out of her top player.

''That mentality has to be to dominate every possession. When she does that she is one of the best players in the country,'' Semrau said. ''Sometimes she needs to be reminded how good she is. We're not going to put up with her being average.''

At a school known for football, it will be a big basketball weekend at Florida State. Saturday's men's game against in-state rival Miami is sold out and Semrau is hoping that Sunday's game will attract a record crowd.

The game also has big stakes for the conference race. Both teams have one conference loss along with Louisville and Virginia.

''Thomas is really a tremendous athlete. She's very physical and strong. We are going to have to double her,'' Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. ''Florida State is a very veteran team that has a good inside-outside presence. Rebounding is going to be key. We've been a good rebounding team but we have to be a great one against them.''

The Seminoles though have never defeated the Irish in six previous meetings. Notre Dame has won by an average of 15.2 points.

''This is all or nothing at this point as a senior. We have to leave here with a win over Notre Dame,'' Thomas said.

---

More AP college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

---

Follow Joe Reedy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/joereedy

COMMENTS

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • visit
    (2019-10-24 20:33:22Z)

    Wow! Such an amazing and helpful post this is. I really really love it. It's so good and so awesome. I am just amazed. I hope that you continue to do your work like this in the future also

    REPLY
  • kitchen installer Barrhead
    (2020-01-11 05:25:50Z)

    You there, this is really good post here. Thanks for taking the time to post such valuable information. Quality content is what always gets the visitors coming.

    REPLY
  • Massage Chair Under $2000
    (2020-03-17 13:36:53Z)

    Hello I am so delighted I located your blog, I really located you by mistake, while I was watching on google for something else, Anyways I am here now and could just like to say thank for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining website. Please do keep up the great work.

    REPLY
  • Printer For Office
    (2020-03-17 13:43:37Z)

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

    REPLY
  • residence a laval
    (2020-03-23 19:00:01Z)

    I am impressed. I don't think Ive met anyone who knows as much about this subject as you do. You are truly well informed and very intelligent. You wrote something that people could understand and made the subject intriguing for everyone. Really, great blog you have got here.

    REPLY
  • dewa poker 88
    (2020-03-30 20:39:19Z)

    I think this is an informative post and it is very beneficial and knowledgeable. Therefore, I would like to thank you for the endeavors that you have made in writing this article. All the content is absolutely well-researched. Thanks...

    REPLY
  • best free movies streaming sites
    (2020-04-21 15:47:44Z)

    Thank you for such a well written article. It’s full of insightful information and entertaining descriptions. Your point of view is the best among many.

    REPLY
  • ryobi grease gun
    (2020-04-26 11:30:21Z)

    A very awesome blog post. We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post.

    REPLY
  • best diaper bags 2019
    (2020-05-04 15:22:36Z)

    very interesting post.this is my first time visit here.i found so mmany interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion..thanks for the post!

    REPLY
  • los angeles seo services
    (2020-05-09 18:07:55Z)

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Big thanks for the useful info.

    REPLY
  • humidifier benefits
    (2020-05-16 13:08:52Z)

    This is my first visit to your web journal! We are a group of volunteers and new activities in the same specialty. Website gave us helpful data to work.

    REPLY
  • wellnessmaroc
    (2020-05-16 13:33:22Z)

    This particular papers fabulous, and My spouse and i enjoy each of the perform that you have placed into this. I’m sure that you will be making a really useful place. I has been additionally pleased. Good perform!

    REPLY
  • download
    (2020-05-19 19:14:30Z)

    Wow! Such an amazing and helpful post this is. I really really love it. It's so good and so awesome. I am just amazed. I hope that you continue to do your work like this in the future also

    REPLY
  • racing seat
    (2020-05-20 19:52:46Z)

    I have read your article, it is very informative and helpful for me.I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. Thanks for posting it..

    REPLY
  • comprar seguidores
    (2020-05-29 17:52:13Z)

    I’m going to read this. I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing. and also This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. this is very nice one and gives indepth information. thanks for this nice article...

    REPLY
  • 마이크로게임
    (2020-07-02 12:51:39Z)

    I like your post. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and clarity on this important subject can be easily observed...

    REPLY
  • Diabetic foot care Moorebank
    (2020-07-17 18:37:33Z)

    You there, this is really good post here. Thanks for taking the time to post such valuable information. Quality content is what always gets the visitors coming.

    REPLY
  • I May Destroy You Jacket
    (2020-08-10 12:40:36Z)

    You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers.

    REPLY
  • Hindi dubbed series Netflix
    (2020-08-10 12:54:48Z)

    Awesome article, it was exceptionally helpful! I simply began in this and I'm becoming more acquainted with it better! Cheers, keep doing awesome!

    REPLY
  • Keto diet Pills
    (2020-08-15 11:42:15Z)

    Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful!

    REPLY
  • Outdoor Review
    (2020-08-22 18:28:20Z)

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

    REPLY
  • keto pills at walmart
    (2020-08-23 12:11:19Z)

    I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work...

    REPLY
  • Hit Jacket
    (2020-09-12 17:53:26Z)

    The actual padding which can be found in protected overcoats is actually most often calculated within gr. The higher the amount pounds within gr, the actual hotter the actual coat is going to be. Padding kinds may variety as little as thirty gr as well as proceed up to eight hundred gr, that is most often discovered along with Lower materials. For those who tend to be cooler naturally, a good protected coat is actually the best option choice.

    REPLY
  • When your website or blog goes live for the first time, it is exciting. That is until you realize no one but you and your.

    REPLY
  • buy panda australia
    (2020-09-16 11:33:37Z)

    Excellent article. Very interesting to read. I really love to read such a nice article. Thanks! keep rocking.

    REPLY
  • Halloween Contact Lenses
    (2020-09-17 11:01:13Z)

    I was reading some of your content on this website and I conceive this internet site is really informative ! Keep on putting up.

    REPLY
  • private utility locating services
    (2020-09-19 11:18:22Z)

    Wow, What a Excellent post. I really found this to much informatics. It is what i was searching for.I would like to suggest you that please keep sharing such type of info.Thanks

    REPLY
  • club essay
    (2020-09-21 08:00:49Z)

    You make so many great points here that I read your article a couple of times. Your views are in accordance with my own for the most part. This is great content for your readers.

    REPLY
  • https://www.storeboard.com/scotrich
    (2020-09-26 08:52:25Z)

    We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up. Great work.

    REPLY
  • steroids
    (2020-09-28 10:48:30Z)

    Very informative post! There is a lot of information here that can help any business get started with a successful social networking campaign.

    REPLY
  • daftar tangkasnet
    (2020-09-29 10:34:37Z)

    If more people that write articles really concerned themselves with writing great content like you, more readers would be interested in their writings. Thank you for caring about your content.

    REPLY
  • แทงไฮโล
    (2020-10-07 10:51:40Z)

    Wow, What a Excellent post. I really found this to much informatics. It is what i was searching for.I would like to suggest you that please keep sharing such type of info.Thanks

    REPLY
  • download fall guys ios
    (2020-10-10 14:35:29Z)

    Thank you very much for this great post.

    REPLY
  • moana
    (2020-10-20 13:24:28Z)

    I was looking at some of your posts on this website and I conceive this web site is really instructive! Keep putting up..

    REPLY
  • workout supplements for women
    (2020-10-25 11:32:33Z)

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

    REPLY
  • Comprar Seguidores
    (2020-10-27 20:16:50Z)

    Blog incrível. Eu gostei de ler seus artigos. Esta é realmente uma ótima leitura para mim. Eu marquei e estou ansioso para ler novos artigos. Este artigo foi escrito por um escritor que pensa de verdade, sem dúvida. Eu concordo em muitos dos pontos sólidos apresentados pelo escritor. Eu estarei de volta dia após dia para novas atualizações.

    REPLY
  • free robux generator
    (2020-10-28 10:43:15Z)

    I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your site to check out the new stuff you post.

    REPLY
  • hitet e reja Shqip 2021
    (2020-11-04 13:37:24Z)

    Great article Lot's of information to Read...Great Man Keep Posting and update to People.. Thanks.

    REPLY
  • lsd for sale online
    (2020-11-05 09:11:51Z)

    That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck.

    REPLY
  • Stahlwandpool
    (2020-11-08 13:52:18Z)

    Love to read it,Waiting For More new Update and I Already Read your Recent Post its Great Thanks.

    REPLY
  • buy psilocin pills online
    (2020-11-11 15:17:16Z)

    Interesting post. I Have Been wondering about this issue, so thanks for posting. Pretty cool post. It 's really very nice and Useful post. Thanks

    REPLY
  • dank vapes for sale
    (2020-11-17 13:04:26Z)

    Really I enjoy your site with effective and useful information. It is included very nice post with a lot of our resources. thanks for share. i enjoy this post.

    REPLY
  • Model Paper 2021 Pdf Download
    (2020-11-18 11:57:21Z)

    Here we have provided all educational board class 10th & 12th Standard Model Paper 2021 with Practice Question Paper for both medium student of the country in board wide, hope you download and practice the question bank to get a better score in all exams.

    REPLY
  • watch cartoons online
    (2020-11-29 13:39:57Z)

    I’ve been searching for some decent stuff on the subject and haven't had any luck up until this point, You just got a new biggest fan!..

    REPLY

Top News: Basketball