Thomas, Oklahoma

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Thomas is a city in Custer County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,238 at the 2000 census.

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Kelli Litsch

Kelli Litsch would lead her Thomas High School team to back-to-back six-on-six basketball state championships in 1980 and 1981, and set a new state tournament scoring record of 338 points in nine games over three years, for a 37.6 point-per-game average. She led the Lady Terriers to a 77 wins and only 9 loses over her three seasons, scoring a then-record (boys or girls) 3,364 total points.[3]

Then turning down NCAA Division I (Southern California, Louisiana Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma) scholarship offers to stay close to home, she would go to Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) instead, and became the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics's (NAIA) first four-time All-American (in any sport) and three time NAIA Player of the Year (1983, 1984 and 1985). Litsch would help the Lady Bulldogs to win three national titles (1982, 1983, and 1985), set an NAIA career scoring record with 2,700 points, while leading her team to a 129-5 (34-0, 30-4, 31-1 and 34-0) win-loss record over the four year span, and carry a 3.97 GPA. She would win the District 9 Most Valuable Player award four years in a row, and be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2004.[4]

Litsch graduated holding six NAIA tournament career records:[5]

  • Points scored: 257
  • Field goals made: 102
  • Field goals attempted: 175
  • Free throws made: 53
  • Free throws attempted: 65
  • Rebounds: 110
  • Southwestern also owns the most all-time victories: 11

After graduation she became an assistant basketball coach for ten seasons. The team went 278-49 and won NAIA titles in 1987 and 1990.[3]

Honors:[3]

  • 1990: SWOSU Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 1991: NAIA Hall of Fame
  • 2004: Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2005: Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 2008: On January 16, 2008 SWOSU named their basketball court inside Rankin Williams Fieldhouse "Kelli Litsch Court".[6] Litsch is the current assistant athletic director, compliance officer, and Title IX coordinator.[7]

Geography

Thomas is located at 35°44′47″N 98°44′54″W / 35.74639°N 98.74833°W / 35.74639; -98.74833 (35.746419, -98.748264)[8].

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