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Marland F Thomas named ACC Women’s Player of the Year for third time

Posted on 05 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel Wednesday. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011, then was named Player of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Duke’s Alana Beard was named ACC Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, from 2002 to 2004, after being named Freshman of the Year in 2001. They are the only players in ACC women’s basketball history with four straight individual honors.

Thomas is the fourth player under head coach Brenda Frese to earn the league’s top honor. Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) has won the honor in five of the last seven years with Crystal Langhorne (2008), Kristi Toliver (2009) and Thomas the last three years.

“This is amazing to be honored for the third time in a really tough conference,” Thomas said. “It’s an honor to be in the same company as the people and players I am. I’m just really proud to represent Maryland and want to thank my teammates and coaches over the years. No success comes without them.”

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game and in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. She has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this year, all consecutive. She is just 14 points from breaking Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 points and 36 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

“There are a lot of great players in the ACC,” Frese said. “It’s amazing when you have a player win this honor once. Three times in a row, in what is one of the deepest, most competitive conferences is a testament to her place in history.”

“We couldn’t be happier for Alyssa and I think she has more than earned this honor. She’s so humble, she would be the first to credit her terrific teammates for helping her achieve this rare trifecta. When you think about what she does for us every time we play, it’s amazing. From the first time I saw her play, she has always passed one of the crucial tests for what great players are all about- she makes everyone around her better.”

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 23 double-doubles this year and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.

Thomas’ jersey was honored in the rafters of Comcast Center Sunday after the Senior Day game vs. Virginia Tech. She is the ninth player in Maryland history honored, joining Langhorne, Toliver, Marissa Coleman, Shay Doron and Laura Harper. The jerseys of Vicky Bullett, Tara Heiss and Jasmina Perazic are all retired.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Next, third-seeded Maryland will play Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Terrapins earned a double-bye as the No. 3 seed. They will play either the 6-seed North Carolina, the 11-seed Wake Forest or the 14-seed Pittsburgh in the Quarterfinals. Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Round, with the winner advancing to play North Carolina Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Second Round.

The Terrapins’ matchup Friday night will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, as well as Fox Sports South and more channels across the nation. For other channels and more information on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.

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Maryland women’s forward Thomas voted ACC Preseason Player of the Year

Posted on 23 October 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.  –  Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was voted Preseason ACC Player of the Year by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league’s 15 head coaches Wednesday. Freshman Lexie Brown was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s ACC Newcomer Watch List.

Two-time ACC Player of the Year Thomas was voted the league’s preseason favorite for the award for the second straight year. She has been named to the Preseason All-ACC Teams in each of the last three years.

In 2012-13, she led the league in points (18.0 per game), rebounds (10.3 per game) and assists (5.3 per game). She is the only player in NCAA or WNBA history to average over 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for a season. Thomas is currently No. 6 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list and needs 557 points to surpass Crystal Langhorne’s record of 2,247 points scored.

Brown, a guard from Suwannee, Ga., was the No. 15 overall recruit by numerous recruiting services. The McDonald’s All-American averaged 18.4 points, 6.9 assists, 5.1 steals and 4.9 rebounds per game as a senior in 2012-13.

Maryland opens the 2013-14 season as a top five team nationally in numerous preseason polls, including the ESPN The Magazine Preseason Top 25.

The Terrapins return four of five starters from last year’s squad that led the ACC in rebounding, which Maryland has led in each of the last three years. In 2012-13, the Terps finished with a rebounding margin of +13.9, which was second in the country to Liberty. Maryland was No. 3 nationally with its field goal percentage of .471.

For more on the ACC Preseason selections, log on to TheACC.com.

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Two Maryland women pick up AP All-American honors

Posted on 02 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior Alyssa Thomas and senior Tianna Hawkins of the Maryland women’s basketball team were named to the Associated Press All-America Team Tuesday. Thomas was named to the Second Team and is honored for the second straight year. Hawkins earned All-America Honorable Mention honors.

Thomas, who was named ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season, averaged 18.8 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the season. She is the only player in the country to rank in the top 50 of all three stats. She led the ACC in all three and recorded two triple-doubles this year.

Thomas is also the first Terrapin to be named ACC Player of the Year twice and the first – male or female – to notch two triple-doubles.

Thomas was named to the AP First Team last year. She is the fourth Terrapin to earn AP All-America honors, behind Crystal Langhorne, Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman. Langhorne was honored three times (2006, 2007, 2008), Toliver was honored twice (2008, 2009) and Coleman once (2009).

Hawkins, a First Team All-ACC honoree, ended her career No. 11 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 1,595 points and No. 3 in rebounds with 1,086. She is the third Terrapin in history to break 1,000 rebounds, behind only Langhorne and Coleman. She scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games this season and notched 17 double-doubles. She was No. 2 in the ACC in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (9.7).

In Saturday’s Sweet Sixteen matchup, the fourth-seeded Terrapins hung with top-seeded Connecticut early, but a spurt to start the second half put the Huskies in front to advance to the Elite Eight, 76-50.

Thomas finished the season with 640 points, 349 rebounds and 181 assists. She is the only Terrapin to hit 600 points, 300 rebounds and 150 assists in a season. Coleman notched 653 points, 309 rebounds and 120 assists in the 2008-09 season.

The Terrapins went 26-8 on the year, finished second in the ACC and advanced to their fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years.

Frese has led the Terrapins to nine NCAA Tournament appearances four Elite Eights, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. She’s 21-8 (.724) with Maryland in the Tournament.

Frese was named WBCA Regional Coach of the Year earlier this week and Thomas was named a finalist for the prestigious State Farm Wade Trophy. Frese is one of eight Regional Coaches of the Year and is a finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year.


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Frese named ACC Coach of the Year, Thomas ACC Player of the Year

Posted on 07 March 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Head coach Brenda Frese of the Maryland women’s basketball team was voted ACC Coach of the Year by the league’s head coaches and junior Alyssa Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel for the second straight season Thursday. Frese’s honor is her first by the conference in her 11 seasons at Maryland. Thomas is the first in school history to be named Player of the Year twice.

Frese, the 2002 Associated Press National Coach of the Year, led the Terrapins to the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s ACC Tournament and a record of 23-6 overall and 14-4 in ACC play, despite key season-ending injuries to the Terps’ starting guards Brene Moseley and Laurin Mincy, as well as center Essence Townsend in the fall. As the season wore on, the Terrapins lost freshman Tierney Pfirman to a dislocated knee cap and played a stretch with seven available players.

“I’ve never had a player respond to challenges and have a year like Alyssa Thomas,” Frese said. “She’s willing to give every ounce of herself and do whatever her team needs. When adversity struck our team, she was a leader and always was the first person to step up and do more.”

Thomas, a 6-2 forward, has played every position on the floor for the Terrapins and led the league in rebounding with 10.4 per contest. She was second in assists (5.2) and third in scoring (17.7). In the 18 conference games, she led all players in scoring (19.7), rebounding (11.0) and assists (5.3). She notched an ACC-high 17 double-doubles this year, 12 in conference play.

“This year has been a really interesting road for us, but I think as a team, we’ve taken it all on and never made an excuse,” Thomas said. “To be voted this honor again is really special because there a lot of really good players in our league. I just work hard every day to make my team better and be the best I can.”

Thomas is the fourth Terrapin to earn ACC Player of the Year honors and third under Frese. Kristi Toliver earned the award in 2009 and Crystal Langhorne did in 2008. Last year, she was the first underclassman in school history to earn the league’s top individual honor and just the second in conference history.

“Alyssa Thomas is the most powerful player in the country and the best player in the ACC back to back years,” television analyst Debbie Antonelli said. “One of the best shot-makers and finishers in the country added play-making to her skill set which makes her more dangerous to defend and her teammates more productive and efficient. When she is motoring down the middle of the floor with the ball, there is no one better at making decisions or playing the game with balance and power.”

Frese has now been named Coach of the Year in every conference she’s coached. She was named Big Ten Coach of the Year while at Minnesota in 2002 and Mid-American Coach of the Year in 2000 while at Ball State.

“There’s a tremendous group of coaches in the ACC and to be honored by them is incredible,” Frese said. “I’m really flattered. This is an individual award, but it’s really about every person in our program. I specifically want to thank my staff for their tireless work ethic behind the scenes. Between them and our players, I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great people who make what we do a lot of fun. I couldn’t be prouder of how we’ve fought to get better each and every day, no matter the circumstance.”

Frese and her staff of associate head coach Tina Langley, Marlin Chinn and David Adkins, restructured the team’s practice time, cutting their practice time on the floor to just twice a week at 75 minutes each session.

“Coach Frese continues to validate her system and success by finding ways to win through adversity without excuse,” television analyst Debbie Antonelli said. “It is the true sign of a teacher and definition of a coach who finds ways to put her players in positions to succeed for the good of the team. Maryland finished second in the ACC replacing so many players from last year. They had a great year in the league. Congratulations to Coach Frese and her staff for being recognized by their peers.”

Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie was named ACC Coach of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel, which is comprised of media members and representatives from each school, as well as some national media members. Duke’s Chelsea Gray was voted ACC Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

Rookies Malina Howard and Chloe Pavlech were named to the All-ACC Freshman Teams Tuesday. Senior Tianna Hawkins and Thomas were voted to the All-ACC First Team Monday.

The 10th-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team will play seventh-seeded Georgia Tech or 10th-seeded Wake Forest Friday at 6 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C. The game will be shown on RSN and specific television channels will be released this week.

Maryland earned a first round bye for the eighth time under Frese. The Yellow Jackets (14-15, 7-11) and the Demon Deacons (12-18, 5-13) will play Thursday at 6 p.m., with the winner advancing to take on the Terrapins. Maryland’s 14 conference wins are a school record.

Maryland is 49-25 (.662) all-time in the ACC Tournament and is 14-8 (.636) under Frese. The Terrapins are 13-6 all-time as the No. 2 seed (.684). Maryland won the program’s 10th ACC title last year as the No. 3 seed with a 68-65 win over fourth-seeded Georgia Tech. ACC Tournament MVP Alyssa Thomas scored 29 points in the championship game to lift the Terps.

For game times and the latest on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-womens-basketball-tournament.html. All rounds will be televised.

A printable bracket can be found at http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/md/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2013ACCTournamentBracket.pdf.

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Maryland women’s F Thomas named preseason AP All-American

Posted on 31 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior forward Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-American Team, released this week. The team was voted on by a panel of national media members.

Thomas led the ACC in scoring last year with 17.2 points per game and was named ACC Player of the Year. She was just the second sophomore to earn the league’s top individual honor. She finished the year among the best in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game, assists (3.2), free throw percentage (80.1) and defensive rebounds (5.5).

At the end of the 2011-12 season, she was named an AP First Team All-American, WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-American and a USBWA All-American.

Thomas is joined on the AP’s Preseason All-American Team with Brittney Griner (Baylor), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).

Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press preseason poll, released Saturday, as well as in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Division I Coaches’ poll. The Terps have started the season ranked in each of the last eight years.

The Terrapins, who return four of five starters from last year’s ACC Championship squad, ended the 2012-13 season ranked No. 5 in the AP poll. The Terps went 31-5 last year and went to the NCAA Elite Eight.

The Terrapins were picked to finish second in the ACC this year. 2012 ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Laurin Mincy were all named to the 10-member Preseason All-ACC Team. Thomas was also voted the Preseason Player of the Year.

Incoming freshman Malina Howard was named to the ACC’s Newcomer Watch List. Howard, a native of Twinsburg, Ohio, was the No. 1 post player in the country in this year’s freshman class.


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