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  Shona Thorburn
Shona Thorburn

Player Profile

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

High School:
Westdale HS




Fast Breaks: Great all-around game ... passing skills are best on team ... can also shoot and finish near the basket ... good rebounding guard.

Elliott Says: "Sho's skills really blossomed last year when we gave her the ball at the point. That will continue to be a real plus for our team. She has proven what a special player she is. When she plays with emotion and intensity she is the difference in bringing her team to the top."

Utah All-American Shona Thorburn

2004-05 (Junior): Shared Mountain West Conference Player of the Year honors with teammate Kim Smith ... named first-team all-MWC ... tabbed as honorable mention All-America by the WBCA ... garnered third-team All-America honors from Full Court Press ... started all 34 games ... ranked second on the team in scoring, rebounding steals and blocked shots... led team in assists, free throws made and minutes played ... ranked No. 6 in the nation and led the MWC in assists, averaging 6.5 per game ... led the MWC in assist-turnover ratio ... ranked third in the league in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game ... was ranked in the top 10 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, three-point field goal percentage, three-pointers made, assist-turnover ratio and defensive rebounds ... scored in double figures 26 times ... recorded six double-doubles.

2003-04 (Sophomore): Started all 31 games ... second-team All-MWC pick ... named to the all-tournament team at the MWC Tournament ... led the team in assists and blocks, ranked second in points, points per game, rebounds, rebounds per game, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds, and third in three-point field goal percentage and steals ... reached double-digit scoring 20 times ... had four or more rebounds in 24 of 31 games ... had five or more points in all but one game ... had two or more assists in 25 of 31 games ... had one or more steals in 21 games ... had one or more three-pointer in 24 games ... ranked third in the MWC in assist/turnover ratio, fourth in assists, seventh in three-point field goal average, 10th in scoring and three-point field goal percentage and 14th in rebounding ... led the team in assists 13 times, in blocks 11 times, in steals nine times, in rebounding seven times and in scoring seven times ... named to the all-tournament team at the Fresno State Classic after averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.5 assists ... scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the season opener against Southeast Missouri State ... scored 25 points at CSU on Jan. 17.

2002-03 (Freshman): Started all 31 games ... named second-team all-MWC ... led the team in assists, minutes played and defensive rebounds, ranked second in scoring, steals, field goals made, three-point field goals made and free throw percentage, and third in three-point field goal percentage and rebounding ... Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 12-18 ... named to the all-tournament team at the Montana Tournament ... scored 10 or more points in 23 games and 20 or more points six times ... grabbed five or more rebounds in 21 games ... dished out a season-high nine assists vs. Montana on Jan. 9 and pulled down a season-high 11 boards against BYU on Feb. 1 ... led the team in assists 16 times, in scoring 11 times and in rebounding 10 times.

2001-02: Redshirted the season.

Canadian National Team: Has played 40 international games for Canada ... played in a four-game series around Canada against Olympic-qualifier Japan in the summer of 2004 ... averaged 3.75 points and 3.25 rebounds per game during Japan series ... scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in game three against Japan ... won a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where she averaged 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game ... placed fourth at the 2003 Pan Am Games, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game ... has competed in 44 international games with the Canadian National Team System ... joined the senior team in August 2002 after competing with the young women's squad in the COPABA Young Women's World Qualification Tournament in July 2002 ... member of the Francophonie Games team that finished sixth in 2001 ... invited to the Canadian women's program's Mega Camp in 2001 and 2002 ... began her tenure with the Canadian national program in 1998 with the youth team ... was a member and co-captain of the 2000 junior team that competed at the COPABA world qualification tournament ... was a member of the 1998 youth team that participated in the World Youth Games in Moscow, Russia ... participated in the 1998 and 1999 Nike All-Canada Camps.

High School: Averaged 18.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game ... was a 1998 and 1999 OFSAA bronze medallist, and a 1997 OFSAA gold medallist for the Westdale Senior Girls Team.

Personal: Shona Louise Thorburn is the daughter of Audrey Nicholson and Geoff Orton ... major is communication ... born Aug. 7, 1982, in Oxford, England.

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