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February 9, 2013

Steffaney Thomas steps in to help Mavericks beat Minnesota Crookston

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MANKATO —

In three games as a starter, Thomas has scored 38 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists. She’s made 13 of 23 shots, including all three 3-pointers, and 9 of 14 free throws. On Saturday, she scored 15 points, making 6 of 6 free throws to spark the victory.

“This has exceeded any of my expectations,” she said. “I never imagined it, but I could only have success with the support of my teammates. They have confidence in me so I have confidence in myself.”

Ali Wilkinson led Minnesota State with 25 points, Aubrey Davis added 13, and Karlee Gengenbacher had 11. Ali Hoefer led the team with seven rebounds.

Bresnahan could be back next week, when the Minnesota State (18-4, 14-4 in Northern Sun) takes its final road trip of the regular season, playing at Upper Iowa on Friday and at Winona State on Saturday. Thomas, who could have another season of eligibility but won’t play because she graduates with a nursing major in December, could be back on the bench, but it would seem she’s earned more playing time with her performance in the last three games.

“I couldn’t imagine a better way to finish my career,” she said. “It was worth the seven months or so of training. I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”

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