Jan. 7, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State guard Taylor Thompson was announced as the Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday by the league. It is Thompson's first time to receive the award as well as a first for the team to have a player recognized this season.
Thompson, a junior from Cache, Okla., led the 'Dogs to 77-68 road victory over CSU Bakersfield in its only game of the week on Jan. 3.
Thompson posted a new career-high in points with 23 in the victory on 7-of-14 (.500) shooting, including 2-of-3 (.667) from 3-point range and hit 7-of-8 (.875) from the free-throw line. In the process she also matched her career-high in assists with eight, had a team-high six rebounds and swiped five steals in 37 minutes of action against the Roadrunners.
Last Thursday's game was Thompson's fifth game this season with five or more steals. She continues to lead the Mountain West in both total steals (47) and steals per game (3.9). Thompson is ranked seventh nationally in steals per game through 13 games.
Thompson's 23-point outburst was her second 20-point game this season having scored 20 against USC on Dec. 5. She topped her previous best of 21 set at Utah State on Jan. 8, 2011 in her only other 20-plus point performance.
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