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Ariel Thomas
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Ariel Thomas 716601
Position: Guard
Height: 5'6"
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
High School: McClatchy HS
Experience: High School

- All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2013-14) (Coaches)

AS A JUNIOR | 2012-13
Oregon's second-leading scorer as a junior, averaging 10.6 points per game...made 20 starts and playing in 22 total games, averaging 28.8 minutes per game...scored a season-high 20 points against both UCLA (1/4) and Washington State (1/25)...also had a career-high 11 rebounds to go with a career-high eight assists against the Cougars, nearly missing on a triple-double...went 4-of-10 from three-point range in that game...her eight assists against WSU tied the for the season team-high...also tied for the team season-high with four steals versus the Cougars...went a career-best 9-of-10 at the free throw line against the Bruins...hit 26 total three-pointers on the year (26-of-97)...shot a blistering 82.8 percent from the free throw line (48-of-58)...opened the season with 10+ points in six her first eight games.

AS A SOPHOMORE | 2011-12
Served as Oregon’s starting shooting guard the majority of the season appearing in 28 games and making 22 starts...missed the first three games of the year with Achilles trouble...finished third on the team in scoring averaging 8.9 points per addition averaged 3.3 rebounds per game and totaled 34 assists and 41 steals...finished the season with 11 double-figure scoring games, as the Ducks finished with a record of 7-4 in those contests... led Oregon in scoring on three occasions...scored 10 points and knocked down two three-pointers in an 89-77 win over UC Irvine (11/25)...scored 11 points and drained three 3-pointers in win over Nicholls State (11/27)...scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in loss to Saint Mary’s (12/21)...dished a game-high five assists and added nine points in loss to Washington State (12/29)...scored a team-leading and season-high 21 points, and knocked down a new career-best five three-pointers, along with a team and career-high tying seven rebounds (4 offensive) and three steals in an 88-86 win over Washington (12/31)...scored a team-leading 16 points in loss at California (01/07)...scored 16 points and added five rebounds while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in an 87-73 win over Arizona (01/12)...scored 11 points and tied a career high with seven rebounds (five offensive) in an 83-62 win at UCLA (01/21) an all-around performance scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and led the Ducks in both assists (4) and steals (3) as Oregon defeated Utah 72-67 (02/02).

AS A FRESHMAN | 2010-11

Averaged 8.0 points and 2.2 assists per game, appearing in 26 games for the the absence of Nia Jackson, started the final nine games of the season, averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game...finished 2011 with eight double-figure scoring games, including six in her last nine starts, and two 20-point efforts...led the Ducks in scoring on four occasions and led UO in assists nine times...shot a team-leading 80.0 percent (40-of-50) from the free-throw line...capped her season with a dynamic performance in the Ducks 90-89 first-round Pac-10 Tournament loss to Arizona (03/09), willing Oregon to erase what was a one-time 18-point second-half deficit. Scored a career and game-high 29 points in the highest scoring game in Pac-10 Tournament history. Dished a career-high tying and game-high six assists – all in the second half, and her 29 points were also the most any Oregon women’s basketball player has scored in a Pac-10 Tournament game. Also knocked down three 3-pointers...after missing four consecutive games with shin splints, returned to the court in loss at Arizona (12/31) the first start of her career, scored 19 points and tied a career high with six assists in loss at Washington State (02/05)...led the Ducks with 16 points and five assists in loss to USC (02/12)...scored 21 points and knocked down a career-best four 3-pointers in win at Cal, snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Bears and a five-game losing streak on the road in Berkeley (02/24)...scored 18 points and dished out four assists in loss to Arizona State (03/03)....led the Ducks with 12 points and five assists in loss to Arizona (03/05).

A 2010 graduate of McClatchy High School in Sacramento Calif...played four seasons of point guard for head coach Harvey Tahara...became the first girls basketball player at McClatchy to earn a full Division I a senior, led the Sac-Joaquin Section in scoring averaging 25.9 points per game, while also leading McClatchy in rebounding (7.7 rpg), assists (4.6 apg) and steals (3.3 spg)...was named to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro First Team, and shared Metro Conference Co-MVP honors with Sacramento High School’s Brittany Shine (Florida)...McClatchy finished the 2009-10 season with a 24-7 record and with a No. 4 ranking in the Sacramento Bee’s Final Top 20...helped lead the South to an 83-57 victory over the North at the 33rd annual Optimist All-Star Game...was a 2009 Sacramento Bee All-Metro Third Team honoree, as well as first team all-Metro Conference selection after averaging 16.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.2 steals per game during an injury-shortened campaign her junior year...was a 2008 Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team selection following her sophomore season with the Lions...finished her four-year career at McClatchy with 1,980 points and was named McClatchy’s 2010 Outstanding Women’s Athlete of the Year...was rated as the nation’s No. 29 point guard by ESPN HoopGurlz, for the 2010 class.

Played two years of point guard for Just Believe Sports under head coach Sean Chambers...won three major national tournaments with JBS under Chambers during the summer of 2009, and defeated three of the nation’s top 10-ranked girls’ teams...was named to the all-tourney squad after reaching the Final Four with JBS at the End of the Trail Tournament in Oregon City, and followed that performance by claiming titles at the Nike Summer Showcase in Chicago, the Adidas EA Sports Showcase in Las Vegas and the Fila Showtime National Championship Tournament...ESPN HoopGurlz ranked JBS Purple at No. 7 in the country following the 2009 summer...played on JBS with fellow Oregon freshman Deanna Weaver...other teammates to go on to college included Brittany Shine (Florida), Sara James (Stanford), Mikayla Lyles (California), Kyra Dunn (Pittsburgh), Katie Hoekman (San Diego) and Aly Brown (CSU Bakersfield).


Parents are Sean Thomas and Martha Rodgers...has two brothers, Robert and Mario...major is journalism.

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