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.