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Alex Thomas a steady performer for USciences (Courtesy of KYW N

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The University of the Sciences Women's Basketball Team is once again one of the nation's elite squads.

With a record of 17-1, the Devils are ranked in the top 10 in Division II hoops. This comes a season after the Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. There are many reasons why this team has reached such lofty heights, but one of the main ones has been the play of senior guard Alex Thomas (St Elizabeths)

A native of Hockessin, Delaware, Thomas is the fourth all-time leading scorer in program history with 1,561 points heading into Monday night's road game against Caldwell. Her 199 three-point field goals place her fourth on the Devils' all-time list. This season she is second on the team in scoring (13.5 PPG) and tops in rebounding (5.1 a game) and she is enjoying every minute of her time on the floor.

"Honestly it's been like the best four years of my life," Thomas said of her time in college. "Everyone who has been here has been amazing, and we've obviously done pretty well over the past couple of years, and that's just made everything a lot better. But the people here really made it a really good experience."

Thomas has been a steady performer throughout her four years on campus — starting 108 of the 111 games that she has played in for the Devils.

"I think it's important and it's good to know what you're good at and how you can help the team," she said. "It's a long season, so being able to be consistent (during) the season."

Jackie Hartzell, the Devils' head coach, says Thomas is special.

"She's had a tremendous impact on our program," Hartzell said. "I would say, first, the type of person that she is, she's so humble, she's so unselfish. It's about the team first. For four years she's just done for us whatever the team needs her to do. Whether it's scoring or whether it's getting the ball to somebody else who is hot, rebounding the ball, playing defense, she's just a complete player and she's had a pretty incredible career."

Thomas' numbers are impressive, but she says she doesn't get caught up in them. 

"Every year I've been here, we've just focused on getting better from the previous year," she said. "That's really my focus every year is just trying get better and help the team as much as I can."

Hartzell says Thomas is very serious about always getting better.

"Her skills, they've gotten better since she's gotten here and that's because of her work ethic," Hartzell said. "She's worked so hard, she's become so much of a better player since her freshman year and she just really works hard on her game, conditioning, she's always working out."

Hartzell sums it all up.

"She's just been a pleasure to coach."

(Thomas, USciences)

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