Feb. 14, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today that Husky junior guard Isaiah Thomas has been named Player of the Week. For Thomas, it is the third time he has been given the weekly conference nod.
Thomas (Tacoma, Wash.) averaged 22.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and shot 56.5% from the field (13-of-23), including 10-of-18 from beyond the 3-point line (55.6%) in a sweep of the Bay Area schools that snapped a season-high three game losing streak.
In Washington's 109-77 win over California, Thomas had 23 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds in just 26 minutes of action. Before he left the Huskies' 32-point victory with more than 6 minutes remaining, Thomas hit a career-high six 3-pointers (in 8 attempts). The Huskies led by as many as 38 points and ended up with their most ever points against a Pac-10 opponent.
Against Stanford - a game which was delayed for several minutes after a bank of lights blew due to a power surge in the first half - Thomas took a finger in the eye from teammate Darnell Gant that kept him sidelined for four minutes before he returned to the court and shot the lights out himself.
With 2:39 left in the first half, Washington held a 31-25 advantage and Thomas was scoreless. Over the final 2:38 of the half, Thomas scored 14 of Washington's 17 points to lead the Huskies into the locker with a 48-31 advantage. Thomas hit four 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in that span.
Thomas ended up with 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting and had a season-low one assist in UW's 87-76 victory over the Cardinal.
This week Thomas joined Eldridge Recasner as the only other Husky with 1,500 points, 300 assists and 100 steals in their career. He also notched his 81st and 82nd double-figure scoring games, equaling the third most all-time in team history.
Thomas joins Brandon Roy (2005-06), Jon Brockman (2007-08) and Quincy Pondexter (2009-10) as Washington's only three-time winners in a season. Including Matthew Bryan-Amaning's earlier win of the award, Huskies have taken home the weekly honor 42 times all-time.