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Newcomer Profile: Taylah Thomas

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6’1 forward Taylah Thomas is coming to the Tech women’s basketball program after playing four seasons for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Thomas, a Texas native, played her high school ball for the Mansfield Timberwolves in Arlington, Texas. She is one of six transfers coming into the program this year, being the only listed forward of the bunch.

Across her four-year Arkansas career, she started in 62 out of 128 total career games played. Of those games, she started in all 60 possible games during her final two seasons with the Razorbacks. She averaged 4.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in her four seasons prior to Tech. In that time, she shot 50% from the field while never taking more than 10 three-pointers during any one season.

Thomas’ season-high of points during the 2020-2021 season was 11. She reached that total three times during the season, including an 11 point and 10 rebounds double-double performance in November of 2020 in a tight win over the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. She also helped guide the Razorbacks to a No. 4 seed in the 2021 Division-I Women’s Basketball Tournament before the team was upset in the Round of 64 by the No. 13 seeded Wright State Lady Raiders.

Thomas joins a Lady Raider roster that is headlined by 2021 First Team All-Big 12 forward Vivian Gray. The squad, coached by second-year head coach Krista Gerlich, is looking to improve next season from their 2020-2021 record of 10-15.

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