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Lopers Add Australian

Nebraska-Kearney head women’s basketball coach Kevin Chaney announced today that Chantal Thomas will play for the Lopers next year.

The 6-2 post, a native of Mackay, Australia, has three years of eligibility remaining after spending her freshman season at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo.

Last week, UNK added post Amarah Williams (St. Louis, Mo./Morgan State U., Md.) and guards Alexa Hogberg (Chandler, Ariz.) and Tori Payne (Las Vegas, Nev.). The Lopers will add more players later this spring.

Thomas, the second-ever foreign born UNK women’s basketball player, was part of Wentworth’s first-ever women’s basketball team this season.

For the Red Dragons, a member of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association), she averaged 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game to earn first-team all-region honors.

“Chantal is a very athletic post who can score inside and out and who has the potential to develop into a big time MIAA conference player,” said Chaney. “Her personality and sense of humor is addicting and will be a great asset to our family. What I love about her is she is a competitor on the court and the most likeable personality off the court. I am looking forward to developing her game because her potential is ridiculous.”

In Australia, Thomas represented her province in the Australian under 18 national championships and was named the 2011 team MVP of the Mackay Lady Meteorettes, a squad that won a region title.

There is another Mackay native already playing in the MIAA in current junior forward Jacqui Zelenka of Southwest Baptist. She averaged a team-best 13.7 points this year and is a two-time all-league selection.