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Thomas Named to Cheryl Miller Award Watchlist

Oct 27, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Fifth-year senior Sam Thomas continues to etch her name into Wildcat lore as she was named to the 2021-22 Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Watchlist, the Basketball Hall of Fame and WBCA announced on Wednesday morning.
The native of Las Vegas, Nev., has been a key piece in the Wildcat's surge to national contenders as she has started all 125 games of her career. Thomas has left her fingerprints all over the Arizona record book as she currently stands second all-time in games started and needs just one more game to tie Davellyn White for most games played in the Red and Blue. She also sits in second all-time with 4,230 total minutes played.
Along with her consistency, Thomas also counts herself among Arizona's 1,000-point scorers as she has scored 1,135 points for her career, good for 19th all-time, while sitting at sixth in the Wildcat record books with 171 three-point field goals made.
In total, 20 student-athletes were named to the watchlist with list being narrowed down to 10 and then just five in late February. Fans are encouraged to vote beginning Oct. 29th at
Thomas and the Wildcats return to McKale Center for an exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico tomorrow, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. (MST). Fans can purchase tickets here.
2022 Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates*

Sam Thomas Arizona
Taylor Soule Boston College
Elizabeth Balogun Duke
Grace Berger Indiana
Ashley Jones Iowa State
Rhyne Howard Kentucky
Emily Engstler Louisville
Laura Van Kleunen Marquette
Chloe Bibby Maryland
Rickea Jackson Mississippi St.
Alyssa Utsby North Carolina
Erica Johnson Ohio
Madi Williams Oklahoma
Andra Espinoza-Hunter Seton Hall
Myah Selland South Dakota State
Haley Jones Stanford
Mia Davis Temple
Rae Burrell Tennessee
Kayla Wells Texas A&M
Vivian Gray Texas Tech

*Players can play their way onto and off the list at any point in the 2021-22 season
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