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2007: Scored a season high 23 points vs. Minnesota on 8/12…Averaged 7.7 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game…Scored in double figures 7 times, and led the team in scoring on four occasions…Scored 19 points vs. Det on 6/18.

2006: Appeared in 19 games and missed 15 games due to a torn meniscus in her left knee … Averaged 8.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game … Led the team in points four times, steals four times, blocks three times and rebounds twice … Scored in double-figures seven times and a season-best 17 points and three blocks vs. Minnesota June 9 … Scored 12 points with nine rebounds and a steal at Sacramento June 21 … In the second to last game of the season, scored 16 points with two rebounds, two steals and an assist August 10 vs. Seattle.

2005: Started 12 of the 21 games in which she appeared… Averaged 8.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.3 minutes per game…shot .429 (69-161) from the field, .429 (3-7) from three-point range and a career-best .898 (44-49) from the foul line… Led the team in scoring four times, rebounding three times, assists once and blocks twice… Scored in double figures eight times this season, including a season-best 23 points and six rebounds in 37 minutes against Washington on 6/7…Posted 16 points and six rebounds at Detroit on 5/24… Pulled down a season-high eight rebounds vs. Charlotte on 6/2… Missed 13 games from 6/15 to 7/23 with a torn right labrum.

2004: Appeared in 31 games with 30 starts, averaging a team-high 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.1 minutes per game… Shot .489 (171-350) from the field, .375 (3-8) from three-point range and .841 (95-113) from the foul line… Led the team in scoring 17 times, rebounds in four games, blocks three times, steals in three games and assists twice… Scored in double figures 26 times, including six 20-plus point games… Ranked fourth in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.489, 171-350). 12th in scoring (14.2 ppg) and 13th in free throw shooting percentage (.841, 95-113)… Finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes at Charlotte on 6/15… Posted 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds in 34 minutes vs. Los Angeles on 7/9… Tallied 23 points, 5 rebounds and a season-high 3 steals vs. Connecticut on 7/15…registered 24 points (FG 8-11, 3FG 1-1, FT 7-7) while pulling down five rebounds at Sacramento on 9/2… Recorded her first double-double of the season with a career-high 26 points and season-high 10 rebounds to go along with 3 assists and 2 blocks in 38 minutes vs. Houston on 9/9… Posted 21 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT), all in the second half, in 21 minutes at Indiana on 9/10… Missed the first three games of the season on the injured list with a left medial calf strain (5/20-5/26).

2003: Played in 32 games with the Cleveland Rockers, including 25 starts, averaging 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.7 minutes per game… Shot .463 (137-296) from the field and .789 (71-90) from the foul line… Ranked first among WNBA rookies in scoring (10.0 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.1 rpg)… Led the Rockers in rebounding 11 times, blocked shots eight times, steals eight times and scoring in six games…scored in double figures 18 times, including 10 straight games to close out the regular season… Recorded two double-doubles… Scored a season-high 23 points (10-11 FG, 3-4 FT) to go along with 6 rebounds in 32 minutes vs. Indiana on 6/29… Tallied 18 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in 25 minutes at Connecticut on 6/18… Recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes vs. Connecticut on 8/19… Posted 20 points (9-14 FG, 2-4 FT) and hit the game-winning shot with 3.2 seconds left at Phoenix on 7/10… Started all three playoff games vs. Detroit, averaging 13.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.33 blocks in 33.3 minutes per game... Finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds in 33 minutes vs. Detroit on 8/29.

College: During her senior year at Mississippi State University, became a four-time Kodak All-American… Named Associated Press First Team All-American, U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-American, Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American, and 2003 Mississippi Amateur Athlete of the Year… As a senior led the SEC in scoring for fourth straight year… Moved into seventh place on the NCAA Career Scorer’s Chart… Became the all-time leading men and women’s scorer at MSU… Earned a spot in the MSU records books in several categories including points, rebounding, and blocks… Named to AP All- SEC team and awarded 2003 AP SEC Player of the Year and 2003 SEC Player of the Year honors… Was a finalist for Naismith Award… Led the Lady Bulldogs to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance… As a junior, named Kodak All-American and 2002 Power Forward of the Year by ESPN and ESPN Magazine, AP First Team All-American, and 2002 AP SEC Player of the Year… Finalist for Naismith Award… Ranked second in the country in scoring (24.6 ppg)… During her sophomore year, earned Kodak All-American, AP First Team All-SEC, AP Second Team All-American, Women’s Basketball Journal First Team All-American, and ESPN Magazine’s Power Forward of the Year honors, among others… Finalist for Naismith Award… As a freshman, won SEC Freshman of the Year, Kodak All-American, AP SEC Newcomer of the Year, and Sports Illustrated for Women Freshman of the Year honors, among others… Led SEC in scoring (21.0 ppg).


Personal

Full name is LaToya Monique Thomas… Majored in educational psychology… Daughter of Henrine Nichols… Earned all-state honors her last three seasons in high school… Named Mississippi’s Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons… Earned Parade All-American status her senior season… Also played softball… Named to the honor roll her junior and senior years…Earned a perfect attendance award as well as a good citizenship honor.

Career Transactions

Selected by Cleveland in the first round (first overall) of the WNBA Draft, April 25, 2003 ...Selected by San Antonio with the third overall pick in 2004 WNBA Dispersal Draft, January 6, 2004... Acquired from the Atlanta Dream in exchange for Ivory Latta and 18th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft.

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