Mississippi State Women’s Basketball Commemorating LaToya Thomas

STARKVILLE — Amid ongoing renovations at Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State Women’s Basketball has announced a new addition coming this season.

LaToya Thomas will become the first female player to have her jersey (n°32) suspended in the rafters. The ceremony will take place on November 11 at halftime of the game between MSU and North Alabama. The game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

Thomas joins No. 52 Bailey Howell on the men’s side as the only honored players at The Hump. Former coach James “Babe” McCarthy and announcer Jack Cristil are also honored in the rafters.

Mississippi State's LaToya Thomas shoots Penn State's Ashli ​​Schwab during the WNIT preseason third round on Nov. 20 at State College, Pennsylvania.

Mississippi State posted a video Tuesday in which first-year coach Sam Purcell was joined by former coach Sharon Fanning-Otis. Via a video call, the two informed Thomas of the news.

Thomas played at MSU from 2000 to 2003 where she became the program’s all-time leading scorer (2,981 points). She was a two-time SEC Player of the Year, a three-time AP All-American, and the No. 1 pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft.

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Thomas ranks No. 14 on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list.

Stefan Krajisnik is the Mississippi State drummer for the Clarion Ledger. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @skrajisnik3.

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