Honors: 2011-12 team tri-captain ... 2009-10 Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree for the Badgers
Of Note: One of the best defenders on the team with quick feet and a great reach ... outstanding sprinter on her high school track team ... plays the flute ... father played basketball at Morehead State ... mother played basketball at North Dakota State ... sister Courtney is a sophomore on the Marquette women's basketball team ... member of Athletes in Action ... spiritual leader of the team
2011-12: Played in all 29 games, starting 25 ... averaged 26.9 minutes per game ... netted a team-leading and career-high 14 points against Saint Louis (Dec. 5), shooting 6-of 8 from the field ... also recorded a career-best seven rebounds in a career-high 39 minutes played ... scored in double figures in six games ... ranked fifth on the team with 4.4 points per game ... added 2.9 rebounds per game ... also tied her career best with seven rebounds vs. Northwestern (Jan. 22) and at Ohio State (Feb. 6) ... made and attempted a career-best 4-of-6 from the free throw line vs. Washington State (Nov. 30) ... tied her career high of three assists in three games ... tied her career high of two blocks against Michigan (Jan. 30) ... had a career best three steals at Indiana (Feb. 23) ... averaged 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks per game
2010-11: Played in 19 games, averaging more than eight minutes per game ... averaged 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds per game ... shot 55 percent from the field ... slated a career-high 20 minutes against Kansas (Nov. 21) and slated 17 minutes against Michigan State (Jan. 6) ... recorded a career-high seven points against William & Mary (Nov. 14) ... shot 3-of-4 from the field for .750 percent against the Tribe ... notched four rebounds vs. Green Bay (Nov. 18) ... had six points against BYU (Nov. 27)
2009-10: Missed the first part of the season with a sprained ankle, followed by a concussion and then illness ... played in 26 games, averaging 8.2 minutes per game ... saw her first action at the World Vision Invitational, scoring six points on 3-of-3 shooting vs. Portland State (Nov. 27) ... added one rebound and two steals vs. Oregon (Nov. 28) and one rebound vs. Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 29) ... played a key defensive role at Ohio State (Dec. 6) and scored two points, pulled down one rebound and had one block ... tied her then-career-high of four rebounds vs. Michigan (Jan. 10) ... pulled down a career-high five rebounds at Michigan State (Jan. 14); also played a season-high 18 minutes in a key defensive role ... averaged 0.9 points and 0.8 rebounds per game
2008-09: Played in 26 games with seven starts... missed the Minnesota game due to a rib injury and saw limited action in four games ... scored a career-high six points vs. Villanova (Nov. 27) ... pulled down a season-high four rebounds vs. Virginia Tech (Dec. 4) and vs. St. Bonaventure (March 26) ... had a career-best two blocks vs. South Dakota State (Nov. 17) and vs. Indiana (Jan. 15)... dished off a career-high three assists vs. Northern Illinois (Dec. 7) and had a career-high two steals twice ... played a career-high 23 minutes in four games, including in the WNIT vs. St. Bonaventure; tied her season best with four rebounds vs. the Bonnies ... averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game
High School: Averaged 9.8 points per game throughout her four years at Loyola Academy ... totaled 614 rebounds, including 182 boards during her senior season ... tallied 211 career steals and averaged 1.7 per game in her four years ... dished out 112 of her 287 career assists in her senior season ... was a four-year varsity starter ... all-conference selection four years ... four-year member of CHBC All-Tournament team ... New Trier Tournament All-Tournament team in 2006 ... named to the All-Tournament team at Nike Tournament in Memphis ... ranks as the No. 2 in career blocks in Loyola Academy history ... one of top 10 leading scorers in school history ... member of all-state and all-area teams ... honorable mention for Street & Smith All-American ... also competed in track and holds five school records (4x200, 4x100, 4x400, 800 medley relays and the 200 meter) ... member of all-state track team in 2005 ... all-area team in 2005 and 2007 ... holds the conference record in the 200 meters ... named to the honor roll freshman, sophomore and junior years ... participated in Illini Girls State ... also active in Habitat for Humanity
Personal: Parents are Henry and Lisa ... has two sisters, Courtney and Brooke, and one brother, Joshua ... majors are sociology and religious studies
Points: 14 vs. Saint Louis, 12-5-11
Field Goals: 6 vs. Saint Louis, 12-5-11
Field Goal Att: 13 vs. Ohio State, 12-30-11
Field Goal %: .750 (6-8) vs. Saint Louis, 12-5-11
3 pt FG: -
3 pt FG Att: 4 (3x; MR at Indiana, 2-6-11)
3-pt FG%: -
FT: 4 vs. Washington State, 11-18-11
FT Att: 6 vs. Washington State, 11-18-11
FT %: 1.000 (2-2) (6x; MR vs. Illinois, 2-26-12)
Rebounds: 7 (3x; MR at Ohio State, 2-6-12)
Assists: 3 (4x; MR vs. Green Bay, 12-23-11)
Steals: 3 at Indiana, 2-23-12
Blocks: 2 (5x; MR vs. Michigan, 1-30-12)
Minutes: 39 vs. Saint Louis, 12-5-11
Why I Chose Wisconsin
"It was the perfect distance from home so my family is able to see me play. I love the campus, the facilities are great and we have tremendous support from the community!"
Off the Court with Ashley Thomas
Favorites - Spot on campus: Camp Randall on game day; Cartoon Character: Winnie the Pooh; Movies: Love and Basketball/ The Notebook; TV Show: Brothers and Sisters; Book: Bible, any Nicholas Sparks book; Car: Hummer; Athlete: Tim Duncan; Sports team: Wisconsin Badgers!
First started basketball: third grade
Most memorable basketball game: Freshman year against Baylor in the Virgin Islands
My favorite thing about Wisconsin basketball is: my teammates!
Before each game, I: read my Bible, prayer and listen to music
Best UW road trip: U.S. Virgin Islands
One word that describes the team: Hilarious
One word that describes me: Loyal
My teammates say I am: the team mom
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: prepare meals or play garbage
Most memorable basketball achievement: All conference player of the year-senior year in high school
This summer, I: I took two classes both in sociology and worked out!
Is there something significant about your uniform number? No, although I do admire Michael Jordan
The best thing about the Kohl Center is: the atmosphere on game day!
Who is ...the funniest player on the team? Tiera The best-dressed player? Kelly The sloppiest? Taylor
What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate basketball? collegiate track and field
The best thing about Madison is: all the fun things there is do! Like walking down State Ttreet, or sitting by the lake at the Union.
Dream as a collegiate player: to be a consistent contributor for the team
Fantasy job/career: missionary
Persons most admired/role models: I admire my parents for their hard work, dedication and support to our family! Through thick and thin they have been the glue that keeps my family together!
My most prized possession is/are: my bible and my teddy bear
I can't live without: Jesus Christ
My secret addiction is: Ice cream but those that know me know that is really not a secret!
The community service activity or group I most like: Nursing home or going to the Children's Hospital
If you could guest star in a TV show it would be? One Tree Hill
If you could be a cover of a magazine it would be? Bride Magazine
The best sporting event you ever attended was? Wisconsin vs. Ohio State football last season
You won't catch me eating: Tomatoes!
Nobody knows how much I love to: dance just not in front of people LOL
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: iPod
If I could live any place in the world it would be: anywhere tropical
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world: The Holy Land
If I could live in any time period, it would be: The 80's
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: sing!
If I could meet three people from throughout history they would be: Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King jr. and Harriet Tubman
If I had a million dollars: I would invest it
One thing I absolutely have to do before turning 40: get married and have children!!
Post-college plans: Go on missions trips
Most famous person I've ever met: Michael Jordan
If I was Coach Kelsey for the day, I would: I would have all the coaches get on the line and run a regular sprint in 34 seconds
If I could have one superpower, it would be: invisible
My dream date would be: With my boyfriend Aaron. Candlelight dinner on the beach.
What are you most thankful for? My family. I am so blessed to have the people I have in my life.
What are you passionate about? My faith
If I could change one basketball rule, it would be: you can run with the ball in the back court
My favorite quote or motto is: "Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away. Yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal!" 2 Corinthians 4:16-18