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Maryland F Thomas named ACC Female Athlete of the Year

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C.– Maryland women’s basketball All-American and three-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas has been named ACC Female Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 academic year, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Florida State football Heisman Trophy winner and baseball pitcher Jameis Winston was named ACC Male Athlete of the Year.

“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC,” said head coach Brenda Frese. “There were so many memorable games and highlites in her career that she demonstrated what it took to perform at the highest level each and every night.  She was a special player that impacted everyone.  She is a player that will be  remembered forever.”

Thomas claimed the 24th Mary Garber Award as the conference’s finest female athlete after becoming the second player in conference history to be voted the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for a third straight season and leading the Terrapins to the 2014 NCAA Final Four.

“It’s quite an honor to be named ACC Female Athlete of the Year,” Thomas said. “I was grateful to be athlete of the year in my sport and this is just amazing. I want to thank everyone at Maryland for helping me get better and better all four years. They helped me achieve some of my biggest goals and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Terp.”

Maryland’s Thomas led her team in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 per contest as the Terrapins posted a 28-7 record. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Thomas passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading basketball scorer (male or female). She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading career rebounder with 1,235.

The 6-foot 2 Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played in 2013-14 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. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native also ranked fifth among ACC players in assists (4.1 per game) and shot 51.3 percent from the floor.

In April, Thomas  was selected fourth overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft and traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.

Thomas received 15 votes in the Garber Award balloting. Virginia soccer All-American Morgan Brian placed second with 10 votes, and Duke golf All-American Celine Boutier was named on eight ballots.

The awards are given in memory of distinguished journalists from the region. McKevlin was a sports editor in Raleigh, N.C., and Garber, of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal, was a pioneer as one of the first female sports journalists in the nation.

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Former Terp Thomas selected fourth in WNBA Draft

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

UNCASVILLE, Conn.  – Alyssa Thomas was drafted 4th overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Thomas was then traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.

Thomas is the sixth Terrapin under head coach Brenda Frese to be a top ten draft pick.

Thomas was one of 12 of the nation’s top prospects to be invited to attend the WNBA Draft. The three-time ACC Player of the Year was named a WBCA All-American, a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American last week after leading the Terrapins (28-7) to their fourth Final Four.

“I’m just really excited and thrilled to be headed to Connecticut,” Thomas said. “I want to thank the Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan and staff. I wouldn’t be here without Coach Frese and the great staff at Maryland, my family and my coaches and friends in Harrisburg. This is a dream come true and no words describe what it felt like to have my name called.”

The Connecticut Sun went 10-24 in the 2013 season. For more on the Sun, click here.

Nine of Frese’s players at Maryland have been drafted by the WNBA and six have been first round picks. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver went second and third overall in 2009, while Crystal Langhorne went sixth and Laura Harper was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft. Most recently, Tianna Hawkins was selected sixth overall by the Seattle Storm last year.

Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,235 career rebounds.

Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played 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.

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Former Terps F Thomas invited to attend WNBA Draft

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK  – Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 12 of the nation’s top prospects to be invited to attend the WNBA Draft at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Monday.  Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.

Thomas will be joined by Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kayle McBride (Notre Dame), Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Chelsea Gray (Duke), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee), Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State) as those invited to attend.

Thomas is the third Terrapin in three years to be invited to the draft, following Tianna Hawkins last year and Lynetta Kizer in 2012. Thomas was named a WBCA All-American, a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American last week after leading the Terrapins (28-7) to their fourth Final Four.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel last month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,235 career rebounds.

Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played this year and leads 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.

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Maryland women set for Final Four showdown Sunday night against Notre Dame

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (28-6) will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA Final Four at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, log on tohttp://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1. The winner of Sunday’s matchup will take on Connecticut or Stanford Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET in the NCAA National Championship game.

Three-time All-American Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Maryland reached its fourth NCAA Final Four all-time with a 76-73 win at third-seeded Louisville Tuesday night. Freshman Lexie Brown added 20 points and senior Katie Rutan scored 12.

This is the seventh all-time meeting between the Terps and the Irish. Maryland owns the series, 4-2. The Irish won this year’s regular season meeting between the two, 87-83, at Comcast Center on Jan. 29. Alyssa Thomas led a furious second half comeback for the Terrapins with 29 points and 12 rebounds as they took a one-point lead with minutes to play.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

The Terrapins are a top four seed for the 13th time in school history No. 4 seed for the third time. They are 7-2 all-time as the fourth-seed.

Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in the men’s or women’s history in the NCAA First Round with her 13 points. She passed Juan Dixon (2,269) and currently has 2,342 career points. She also has 1,229 career rebounds, which ties her with Crystal Langhorne for the school record.

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Maryland F Thomas named WBCA All-American

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 10 players in the country to be named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Saturday. She is the first in program history to earn the honor three times.

The WBCA All-America Team was announced at a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2014 WBCA National Convention.

Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (28-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,341 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.

Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 games played this year and leads 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 is joined on the team by Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).

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Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas named AP First Team All-American

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was one of five players in the country to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press Tuesday. Thomas made the AP’s First Team as a sophomore in 2012 and Second Team in 2013.

Thomas is joined on the AP’s First Team by Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).

Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was honored as an All-American by the USBWA for the third straight year as well Monday.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (27-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,320 career points and scored a career-high 33 in the Terps’ 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday.

Thomas has an ACC-best 27 double-doubles in 33 games played this year and leads 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.

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The Terps-Cardinals matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).

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Maryland women try to punch Final Four ticket Tuesday against Louisville

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team (27-6) will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight on the Cardinals’ home court of the KFC Yum! Center.

The Maryland-Louisville matchup will be shown on ESPN, as well as ESPN3.com.

For the full NCAA Tournament bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1. The winner of Tuesday’s matchup will advance to the Final Four in Nashville, Tenn. and will play either Notre Dame or Baylor in the NCAA Semifinals Sunday.

Maryland is coming off of a 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Alyssa Thomas led the way with a career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds, while Lexie Brown, Laurin Mincy and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough all hit double figures as well. Alicia DeVaughn added 10 rebounds.

This is the third meeting all-time between the Terps and the Cardinals, with the series tied at one. Maryland won the last matchup, 72-68, in the NCAA Second Round in College Park on March 19, 2012. Mincy led the Terrapins with 24 points.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).

The Terrapins are a top four seed for the 13th time in school history No. 4 seed for the third time. They are 6-2 all-time as the fourth-seed.

Thomas became Maryland’s all-leading scorer in the men’s or women’s history in the NCAA First Round with her 13 points. She passed Juan Dixon (2,269) and currently has 2,320 career points.

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Maryland F Thomas named finalist for top women’s honor

Posted on 27 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ATLANTA  – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was named one of 12 finalists for the The Wade Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA® Division I women’s basketball player. This is the second straight year Thomas has been named a finalist for the prestigious award.

The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members consisting of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators. The committee will select the winner of The Wade Trophy from among these 12 finalists who also are named to the 10-member WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team when it is chosen in April. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. CT Monday, April 7, in the Omni Nashville Hotel’s Broadway Ballroom. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.

“The Wade Trophy is one of the most exciting awards to be a part of, because these 12 finalists are the games’ most elite players and are truly exciting to watch,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass.  “This trophy is the equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, which is given out annually in collegiate football. These finalists play immense roles as members of their respective institutions’ women’s basketball programs and one of them will be honored with our sport’s most prestigious award.”

Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

She was named an All-American by the WBCA, Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association in both her sophomore and junior seasons.

Thomas leads the Terrapins (26-6) in scoring with 18.6 point per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. On Sunday, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,287 career points.

Thomas has an ACC-best 26 double-doubles in 32 games played this year and leads 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.

Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Tennessee (29-5) Sunday at noon at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.  The Terps-Lady Vols matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com.

For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 23-8 (.742).

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Maryland women receive four seed in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Terps will play 13th-seeded Army Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in Comcast Center in the First Round.

Maryland will also welcome fifth-seeded Texas (21-11) and Ivy league champion Penn (22-6) to College Park, who will play at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday.  The winners of Sunday’s games will advance to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Second Round contest in College Park as well. All three games will be shown on the ESPN networks.

The Terrapins are in the Louisville regional, in which Tennessee is the No. 1 seed. For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

“We are thrilled with the brackets,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We don’t know obviously a lot about the different teams. I know Army won their conference tournament and are a really well-coached team, I do know that. They’ll bring a level of toughness here into Comcast Center.  You’ve got to be able to take one game at a time to be able to advance and move on. We’ve had one of our best weeks at practice. When you talk about just working extremely hard, putting a lot of things together, fine-tuning other things that you needed to do, we’ve been able to do that.”

Tickets for the First and Second Rounds in College Park start at $12 for a single session general admission ticket to Sunday’s games and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on tohttp://www1.xosn.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=209390169&DB_OEM_ID=29700.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.

This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 21-8 (.724). The Terps are 10-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.

Senior Alyssa Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year for the third straight year and is the second player in history to earn the honor three times. She became the program’s leading scorer Friday with 2,258 career points to pass Crystal Langhorne. She needs 12 points to pass Juan Dixon’s school record.

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Maryland women Thomas, Brown pick up more All-ACC honors

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Alyssa Thomas was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team for the third straight year and Lexie Brown was voted to the All-ACC Freshman Team by the league’s 15 head coaches Monday.

Starting in 2013, the league separated the coaches and Blue Ribbon Panels votes into separate awards. The Blue Ribbon Panel is made up of school representatives and national and local media. The awards from the Blue Ribbon Panel were released last week.

Thomas is the third player in Maryland history to earn All-ACC honors in each of her four years, following Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman. She made the Second Team as the league’s Freshman of the Year in 2010 and has been on the First Team ever since as the league’s Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.

This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game, in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game along with Brown. She broke Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 career points with her 24 Friday night vs. North Carolina. She is 12 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.

Thomas picked up an ACC-best 24 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.

Brown started in 25 of 29 games played for the Terrapins, leading one of the nation’s top offenses. She averaged 9.8 points per game on the year and 10.6 points per game in conference play, as well as 4.3 assists. She finished second among all league players in assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch list for the honor that goes to the nation’s top point guard.

Brown is the 14th player in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons to make the All-ACC Freshman Team.

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

Next, Maryland, who has won eight of its last 10 games, will await its NCAA Tournament berth with the Selection Show Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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