#50 Carla Thomas Season 2006-07
Wallpaper 1024×768 – 800×600 2006-07: Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Southeastern Confernence Tournament… Earned honor for second time in her career, becoming only the third SEC student-athlete to be so recognized… Unanimous first-team All-SEC selection by league coaches… Second-team pick by the Associated Press… Ranks sixth all-time at Vanderbilt in scoring with 1,774 career points… Ranked fourth in the league in scoring, 15th in rebounding… Also in the Top 10 in field goal percentage and free throw percentage… Season-high 32 points to go along with 11 rebounds at UAB… Also posted double-doubles against Arkansas (twice) and Bowling Green… Back-to-back 23-point games against LSU and Tennessee came right after she sprained her ankle in practice… Did not start first game of season due to injury, but did play a reserve role… Led Vanderbilt in scoring on 12 occasions, including six conference games… Semifinalist at the College 3-Point Shootout which preceded NCAA Men’s Final Four. 2005-06: Earned honorable-mention All-Southeastern Conference honors from the Associated Press… With a lay-up less than a minute into the Mississippi State game, Thomas became the 26th Commodore to reach the 1,000-point plateau… She is only the 11th VU player to reach 1,000 points prior to her senior campaign… Team’s leading scorer in games against conference opponents, averaging 12.1 points per game… Scored in double-figures in 23 games, including a season-high 24 points to lead the Commodores over Colgate in the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament championship game… Named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player for her efforts that weekend as she averaged 21 points and eight rebounds, and connected on a career-best 10-of-10 free throws against Charleston Southern… Led the team in rebounding, averaging 5.9 boards per game… Posted three double-doubles on the season… First double-double performance came in non-conference finale against Western Kentucky (14 points, 10 rebounds)… In VU’s next game, Thomas scored 11 points and added 14 rebounds… Thomas’ third double-double came in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, where she scored a team-high 13 points and added 10 rebounds against third-seeded Georgia… Suffered a concussion in VU’s loss to North Carolina which caused her to miss the next two games… Made a team-high 91 free throws, connecting on over 83.5 percent of her charity tosses… Posted a career-high five steals in VU victory at Alabama… Ranks among the SEC’s statistical leaders in five categories: 12th in scoring; 16th in rebounding ; 12th in field goal percentage; fifth in free throw percentage; ninth in defensive rebounds. 2004-05: Named second-team All-SEC by the coaches and the AP… Finished second on the team in scoring (15.9 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.5)… Fourth in the SEC in scoring (18.3 ppg) during conference play… Scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed a career-best 17 rebounds in the come-from-behind win at Miss. State, which was third double-double of the season… Registered fourth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in SEC Tournament quarterfinal win over Arkansas… Picked up first double-double of the season after scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds at Miami (Ohio)… Second double-double came against N.C. State when she scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds… First career 30-point game came when she had 32 points in the win at Auburn… Posted six 20-point games and scored in double figures in 26-of-32 games… Started all 32 games for the Commodores… Had three 23-point efforts, including wins over St. Francis (Pa.), Arkansas and at Florida… Shot 54.1 percent from the field and 80.2 percent from the free-throw line (97-of-221) which was second the team… Led the team in blocked shots (44) and ranked second on the team in rebounding (208 total). 2003-04: Posted one of the great freshman seasons in Vanderbilt history… Played in all 34 games for VU with 23 starts… Averaged 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, while rating second on the squad in field goal percentage at .552 (138-of-250)… A unanimous selection to the coaches’ SEC All-Freshman team… The Associated Press tabbed the rookie as an All-SEC third-team choice… Named to the national All-Freshman squad by Basketball Times… Truly began making her mark once SEC play began, upping her averages to a team-best 14.1 ppg to go along with 6.1 rpg during the rugged 14-game schedule… Shot at a .595 clip during conference play to rate fourth in the SEC… Tabbed as the SEC’s Player of the Week (Feb. 22) following a week in which she totaled 17 points against #3 Tennessee and 22 points and 11 rebounds in a win over #15/14 LSU… Reached double-figures 18 times overall and in 16 of VU’s last 22 contests… Topped the 20-point plateau four times during the season, including a season-high 24 points in the 83-67 loss to #16/14 Georgia, 22 points in both the 61-55 upset of #15/14 LSU in Baton Rouge and the SEC Tournament Championship game victory over #20/16 Georgia and 20 in the regular-season finale at South Carolina… Posted four double-doubles on the campaign… Was at her best against ranked teams, registering squad-best averages of 14.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg in 10 matchups against programs in the national polls. High School: Named 2003 McDonald’s All-American, Dream 100, 2003 Parade All-America Fourth Team, 2003 Associated Press First Team All-State (Class 4A), 2003 First Team All-State, District III All-Tournament… Earned Mount Lebanon All-Tournament team honors… Named 2003 Mid-Penn Commonwealth First Team All-Star, All-PowerBar Team (East Region) and USA Today Player of the Week… Averaged a double-double in points and rebounds as a junior and senior… Averaged 17.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a senior… Finished career with 1,772 points, third on the all-time scoring list (boys and girls) at Cumberland Valley. Ranks first on girls’ all-time list for rebounds (1,285) and blocks (425)… Helped lead Cumberland Valley to a 32-2 record and AA state crown in 2002… Direct Cumberland Valley to the Mid-Penn Conference crown her sophomore through senior seasons… Named 2002 and 2003 First Team All-Sentinel, 2001 and 2002 Honorable Mention Street & Smith All-American, 2002 Associated Press Big School All-State Second Team…Captained team her junior and senior years… Played softball as a freshman. Worth Noting: Became the first freshman since Mississippi State All-American LaToya Thomas to be chosen as the SEC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player for averaging an incredible 14.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg over four games (three against ranked teams), as VU picked up the program’s fourth SEC Tourney title… Brother, Art, played on the University of Virginia football team… Parents immigrated from South American country of Guyana in the early 1970s… Chose Vanderbilt over Stanford and Penn State.