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3 Tara Thompson

2018-19 (Sr.): Started every game for Seawolf team that went 30-3, won outright Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season title, reached NCAA Div. II Sweet 16 and finished No. 7 in WBCA Top 25 coaches’ poll ... earned Second Team All-GNAC honors after leading league by wide margin with 3.1-to-1 assist-turnover ratio and ranking 4th in 3FGs per game (2.3) and 8th in 3FG% (.388, 43rd nationally) ... team’s 4th-leading scorer at 8.7 ppg, tallying double figures on 15 occasions, including 19 points (6-8 3FG) in 69-67 NCAA Tournament Second Round win over No. 5 Northwest Nazarene ... other top efforts included 16 points in regular-season and GNAC Tournament losses to NNU; 14 points (5-10 FG) and 4 rebounds in home win over Simon Fraser; 14 points (4-7 3FG) 2 assists and no turnovers in 75-68 road win over Concordia-Portland; and 13 points (3-6 3FG), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in road win over Alaska Fairbanks ... tied for No. 4 on UAA single-season list with 76 treys ... made multiple treys in final 10 games, tying former teammate Jenna Buchanan for UAA career record with 239 3FGs ... on other UAA career lists, finished No. 2 in victories (121) and No. 8 in 3FG% (.392) ... made GNAC All-Academic Team for third straight year with UAA-best 3.70 overall grade-point average.

2017-18 (Jr.):
Started 26 of 30 contests for UAA team that went 27-5, won fourth straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and reached NCAA regional finals, finishing as 5th-leading scorer with 6.4 points per game ... ranked 7th in league in 3FG% (.380) and 12th in 3FGs per game (1.6) ... scored double figures five times and played at least 20 minutes in all but one game ... came one shy of school record for most 3FGs in a game, hitting 8 of 12 treys for career-high 24 points in 87-76 road win over Notre Dame de Namur ... tied UAA single-game record with 6-of-6 3FG accuracy in road win over eventual West Region champ MSU Billings ... helped UAA to GCI Great Alaska Shootout title with 11 points (3-6 3FG) in 59-55 title-game victory over Div. I program Tulsa ... other top efforts included 11 points (3-3 3FG) and 2 steals in West Region title-game loss to MSUB; 11 points (3-4 3FG), 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 0 turnovers in 76-68 home win over Concordia-Portland; and 12 points (3-4 3FG), 3 assists and 0 turnovers in home win over Central Washington ... earned repeat selection to GNAC All-Academic Team with UAA-best 3.65 overall grade-point average.

2016-17 (So.):
Was 2nd-leading scorer with 8.9 points per game and 5th-leading rebounder with 3.5 rpg, starting every game for Seawolf squad that went 30-2 and swept GNAC regular-season and tournament titles ... led GNAC and ranked 6th nationally with .436 3FG%, and ranked 2nd in GNAC and 57th nationally with 2.5 3FGs made per game ... posted other GNAC ranks of 20th in FG% (.426) and 29th in scoring ... committed just 24 turnovers while playing 2nd-most minutes on team (team-best one TO per 34.3 minutes) ... scored double figures 13 times, matching career-high 17 points (5-6 3FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbing 5 rebounds in GNAC Tournament title-game win over No. 17 Western Washington ... made at least one 3FG in 30 of 32 games, including 14 games with three or more ... delivered 15 points (5-10 FG, 4-9 3FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in NCAA First Round win over Hawaii Pacific ... other top efforts included 17 points (5-11 3FG), 6 rebounds and 2 steals in road win over MSU Billings; 15 points (5-7 3FG), 5 rebounds and 2 steals in road win over Alaska Fairbanks; 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals in comeback road win over nationally ranked Simon Fraser; and 11 points and career-high 8 rebounds in home win over Western Oregon ... named to GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team ... earned GNAC All-Academic honors with 3.59 overall GPA.

2015-16 (Fr.):
Saw action in 39 games, averaging 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds for Seawolf team that swept GNAC regular-season and tournament titles, reached NCAA Div. II National Title Game and earned NCAA DII-record 38 victories ... shot 35 of 104 (.337) from long range, coming one trey shy of tying program freshman record for 3FGs ... scored season-high 12 points (4-5 3FG) to spark win over William Jewell and had 10 points (2-4 3FG, 4-4 FT) in just 12 minutes against Dixie State ... other top outings included 9 points (3-5 FG, 2-4 3FG) in road win over Saint Martin’s; 9 points (3-4 3FG) in win over Cedarville; and 3 points (1-1 3FG), 4 rebounds and 2 assists in home win over GNAC runner-up Western Washington.

2014-15:
Redshirted for Seawolf team that went 29-2 overall and won GNAC regular-season and tournament titles.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Produced stellar multi-sport career at Dimond High School, earning multiple postseason honors in basketball, softball and flag football … was selected First Team All-State by Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches and All-Cook Inlet Conference as a senior in 2013-14 … earned MVP of 2014 CIC Tournament, helping Lynx qualify for 4A State Tournament with 42 points to beat South Anchorage for 3rd place … selected to 2014 AABC Girls All-Star Game in April … as a junior, earned Third Team All-State, All-CIC and All-State Tournament Team honors, helping Lynx to runner-up at State … also aided Dimond’s CIC Tournament championship squad as a sophomore in 2011-12 … finished three-year varsity career with 1,056 points … earned third straight CIC Offensive Player of the Year award in flag football after quarterbacking Lynx to undefeated 2013 season … led Lynx to 48-2 record over course of career … lettered four times each in flag football and softball, plus three times in basketball … student body vice president as senior ... graduated summa cum laude with 4.13 GPA … played AAU ball for Team Alaska.


PERSONAL: Born Nov. 22, 1995 in Anchorage … daughter of Lon and Leonisa Thompson … brother Travis was all-conference guard for UAA men’s team from 2010-15 … enjoys hanging out with friends, baking and watching TV … double-major in accounting and marketing.

Career Highs
Points – 24 at Notre Dame de Namur, 12/16/17
Rebounds – 8 vs Western Oregon, 2/4/17
Assists – 7 at Central Washington, 11/29/18
Blocks – 1, seven times
Steals – 5 at Saint Martin’s, 1/18/18

Career Statistics
Year          GP-GS  Min/ Avg  FG-FGA  Pct 3FG-FGA  Pct  FT-FTA  Pct
2015-16 (Fr)  39- 0  389/10.0  46-138 .333  35-104 .337   9- 11 .818
2016-17 (So)  32-32  822/25.7  95-223 .426  79-181 .436  16- 18 .889
2017-18 (Jr)  30-26  723/24.1  68-169 .402  49-129 .380   8- 13 .615
2018-19 (Sr)  33-33  902/27.3 103-261 .395  76-196 .388   4-  6 .667
TOTALS       134-91 2836/21.2 312-791 .394 239-610 .392   37-48 .771

Year          OR- DR-REB/Avg  PF-D   A  TO  B   S  Pts/Avg
2015-16 (Fr)  22- 43- 65/1.7  32-0  16  15  1  19  136/3.5
2016-17 (So)  38- 75-113/3.5  48-0  43  24  1  36  285/8.9
2017-18 (Jr)  26- 54- 80/2.7  42-0  53  24  4  28  193/6.4
2018-19 (Sr)  38- 69-107/3.2  51-0  61  20  1  27  286/8.7

TOTALS       124-241-365/2.7 173-0 173  83  7 110  900/6.7

Position: Guard
Height: 5'7"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Anchorage
High School: Dimond HS
Experience: 4 Letters
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