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Maryland women open NCAA Tournament with visit from Quinnipiac

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and will host Quinnipiac (30-2) Saturday at 11:15 a.m. in Comcast Center in the First Round.

Maryland will also welcome Marist (26-6) and Michigan State (24-8) to College Park and they will play at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The winners of Sunday’s games will advance to Monday’s 7 p.m. Second Round contest in College Park as well. All three games will be shown on ESPN2.

Tickets for the First and Second Rounds in College Park start at $14 for a single session general admission ticket and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on to http://www.umterps.com/sports/w-baskbl/ncaa-tournament.html.

The Terrapins (24-7) are in the Bridgeport regional, in which Connecticut is the No. 1 seed. For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.

This marks Maryland’s 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and ninth in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 19-7 (.731). The Terps are 8-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.

Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers. Junior Alyssa Thomas was voted ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season and is the first Terrapin to earn the award twice. She led the league in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5).

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Maryland women Hawkins, Thomas on Wooden Award ballot

Posted on 15 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Alyssa Thomas were both named to the final 15 and made the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Thursday.

Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year last week for the second straight season. She is the first Terrapin to earn the honor twice and the first to notch more than one triple-double. Thomas led the ACC in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5). Hawkins finished second in the league in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (9.5). She was named to the All-ACC First Team.

Maryland, Baylor, Connecticut and Duke are the only schools with two players in the final 15. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Hundreds of members of the college basketball media will vote on the Wooden Award Player of the Year and All American team until March 27.

The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 12 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.

After finishing the regular season with a 24-7 record, the Maryland women’s basketball team will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. with the Selection Show on ESPN.

First Round games will be played in College Park on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the Second Round game will be played in College Park as well on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the First and Second Rounds in College Park start at $14 for a single session general admission ticket and go up to $30 for an all-session reserved seat. For more information or to purchase, log on to http://www.umterps.com/sports/w-baskbl/ncaa-tournament.html.

In last year’s NCAA Tournament run, the second-seeded Terps advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. They beat Navy and Louisville in College Park, then came back from an 18-point deficit to knock off defending national champion Texas A&M, 81-74, in the Sweet Sixteen.

The Terrapins have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances in head coach Brenda Frese’s 10 postseasons. She’s led Maryland to four Elite Eights, four Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 19-7 (.731). The Terps are 8-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.

Now in her 11th season at Maryland, Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by her peers.

 

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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 Hawkins, Thomas named First Team All-ACC

Posted on 05 March 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Senior Tianna Hawkins and junior All-American Alyssa Thomas were voted to both the Blue Ribbon Panel and league coaches All-ACC First Team, announced Monday by the conference.

Hawkins was named to the All-ACC Second Team in 2012 and Thomas, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, made the First Team last year and the Second Team as a freshman in 2011. She was also named Rookie of the Year two years ago.

The two were Nos. 1 and 2 in the ACC in scoring and rebounding throughout the year. Hawkins led the league in scoring since day one of the season with her 18.5 points per game, which is the most by any Terrapin since Deanna Tate averaged 19.8 in 1988-89. Thomas finished third in scoring with 17.7 points per game.

Thomas led the league in rebounding throughout the season with 10.3 boards per game and Hawkins finished just behind her with 9.4. Thomas also finished second in assists with 5.3 per contest. In ACC games, Thomas led the league in scoring, rebounds and assists. Thomas also led the league with 17 double-doubles, 12 in 18 ACC games.

For the full All-ACC Teams, log on to http://www.theacc.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/030413aab.html.

The ninth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The Terps will play seventh-seeded Georgia Tech or 10th-seeded Wake Forest Friday at 6 p.m. The game will be shown on RSN and specific television channels will be released this week.

Maryland (23-6, 14-4 ACC) earned a first round bye for the eighth time under head coach Brenda 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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Three Maryland women named to Naismith Award Watch List

Posted on 15 November 2012 by WNST Staff

ATLANTA – Three members of the fifth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team were named to the Naismith women’s early season watch list, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday. Tianna Hawkins, Laurin Mincy and Alyssa Thomas were all recognized.

The 50 player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-2013 college basketball season. The Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year presented by AT&T will be awarded on April 8, 2013, in New Orleans, La.

In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.

Notable Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year winners include Chamique Holdsclaw, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, and Tina Charles. The Naismith women’s Trophy one of the most prestigious national award presented annually to the women’s college basketball player of the year.

Thomas was named to the Naismith early season list last year as well. She and Mincy were named to the Wooden Award Watch List last week. The Terps’ trio is joined on this year’s list by four other ACC student-athletes in Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams, Georgia Tech’s Ty Marshall, and Florida State’s Natasha Howard.

No. 5 Maryland will head north this weekend to take on Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia Saturday. The Terps (2-0) and the Hawks (1-1) will play at 2 p.m. in Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena.

GameTracker live stats will be available and the game will be streamed live online for a fee on SJUHawks.com.

Maryland and Saint Joseph’s last met on Nov. 22, 2011 in College Park. The Terrapins won 94-71 behind 21 points from Alyssa Thomas, 17 from Tianna Hawkins and 14 from Laurin Mincy.

Hawkins was named ACC Player of the Week Monday. The senior posted back-to-back double-doubles in the Terps’ two wins, while becoming the 28th player in Maryland women’s basketball history to break the 1,000-point mark on Nov. 9 versus the Mount. In the first weekend of play, she averaged 25.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and shot over 77 percent from the field.

In their first two games, the Terrapins have outscored their opponents in the paint, 110-28, and have won the battle on the boards 109-43.

After Saturday’s matchup, the Terps will return home to take on American Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in Comcast Center. For tickets, log on to UMTerps.com.

-Terps-

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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.

-Terps-
 

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Maryland women picked to finish 2nd in ACC

Posted on 17 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three members of the ACC Champion Maryland women’s basketball team were selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Preseason All-ACC Team, released Tuesday. 2012 ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Laurin Mincy were all voted to the 10-member team.

After garnering the lead’s top individual honor as just a sophomore, Thomas was also voted as the league’s Preseason Player of the Year heading into the upcoming season.

Maryland was the only school to land three players on the Preseason All-ACC Team.

The early season honors are voted on by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.

Thomas, Hawkins and Mincy made last year’s All-ACC squad. Thomas was named to the First Team, while Hawkins made the Second Team. Mincy earned an Honorable Mention honor.

In the Blue Ribbon Panel’s Preseason Poll, head coach Brenda Frese’s Terrapins were picked to finish second in the league and garnered 18 first-place votes. Duke was picked to win the league with 29 first-place votes.

Freshman center Malina Howard was named to the five-member Preseason Newcomer Watch List. Howard was the No. 6 overall recruit according to national recruiting analysts and was the No. 1 overall post player in the 2012 class.

In a first this season, the 12 ACC coaches voted on a separate Preseason Poll, Player of the Year and All-ACC Team. In the coaches’ poll, the Terrapins were picked to finish second behind Duke with three votes to the Blue Devils’ nine. The coaches had a three-way tie for Preseason Player of the Year between Thomas and Duke’s Elizabeth Williams and Chelsea Gray. The All-ACC Team and the Newcomer Watch List were the same in both votes.

The Terrapins are ranked No. 4 in at least one preseason poll this year, after ending last season with a 31-5 overall record, an NCAA Elite Eight appearance and the 2012 ACC title. They return four of five starters.

Maryland will open the 2012-13 season vs. Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Comcast Center. For tickets, log on to UMTerps.com.

Blue Ribbon Preseason Poll
1. Duke (29)
2. MARYLAND (18)
3. Georgia Tech
4. Virginia
5. North Carolina
6. Miami
7. Florida State
8. NC State
9. Wake Forest
10. Clemson
11. Virginia Tech
12. Boston College

Blue Ribbon Preseason All-ACC Team
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland**
Elizabeth Williams, Duke
Chelsea Gray, Duke
Tyaunna Marshall, Georgia Tech
Natasha Howard, Florida State
Tianna Hawkins, Maryland
Laurin Mincy, Maryland

Ataira Franklin, Virginia
Marissa Kastanek, NC State
Stefanie Yderstrom, Miami
**-Preseason Player of the Year

Blue Ribbon Panel Newcomer Watch List
Alexis Jones, Duke
Malina Howard, Maryland
Jonquel Jones, Clemson
Xylina McDaniel, North Carolina
Uju Ugoka, Virginia Tech

 

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