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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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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 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’s coach Frese signs multi-year extension

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Brenda Frese, who is currently in her 12th year as the women’s basketball head coach at the University of Maryland, recently signed a multi-year extension to her contract, director of athletics Kevin Anderson announced Friday.

The extension keeps Frese on the Maryland sidelines through at least June 2021. With the extension, she could earn up to four additional years, through June 2025, with rollovers.

“Coach Frese has been the driving force in putting Maryland women’s basketball in a position of national prominence during her time here in College Park,” Anderson said. “Her 2006 national title, ACC dominance and consistent top recruiting classes have made Maryland a contender year after year.”

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to ensure that her passion and vision will enable us to remain as one of the top programs in the country for many years to come.”

Frese brought the Terrapins their first national title back in 2006 and has earned an overall record of 280-81 (.749) in her time in College Park. The Terps have finished in the top four of the ACC in six of the last seven years and won the 2009 and 2012 ACC titles. In her 11 postseasons, she’s taken the Terrapins to five Sweet Sixteens and four Elite Eights.

The 2002 Associated Press National Coach of the Year has brought in eight top-10 recruiting classes since coming to College Park, and four of her players have won ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

“I really want to thank our director of athletics, Kevin Anderson, President Wallace Loh and the entire university for this extension,” Frese said. “I’m very  grateful to be able to represent one of the top universities in the world and have such longevity. I’ve been fortunate to have great players, a terrific staff and an incredibly supportive community. Maryland has been a-dream-come true for me, both professionally and personally. I want it to be that way for all the great people we bring into our program.

“I truly feel like this is the best place in the country to be in so many different ways. There’s no place that has a better combination of where to live, where to get a great education and where to have a great basketball experience. ”

Maryland has led the ACC in attendance since Frese took the reins in April 2002, leading the league in six of the last eight years. Nine of the conference’s top 10 single-game attendance records belong to Maryland under Frese’s tenure.

No. 7 Maryland will welcome the defending national champion Connecticut to Comcast Center Friday for a 6 p.m. nationally-televised top 10 matchup.

After Friday’s matchup, the Terrapins will welcome George Washington to Comcast for a 7 p.m. game Tuesday, Nov. 19, which will be shown live online for a fee on umterps.com.

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Maryland women crush Holy Family in final preseason tuneup

Posted on 02 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  –  The Maryland women’s basketball team, which is ranked No. 6 in the USA Today Preseason Top 25, used a strong run that bridged the halves to beat Holy Family, 99-44, Saturday in its final exhibition match.

Senior Alyssa Thomas led the way for Maryland with 20 points off 9-for-10 shooting from the floor to go with 11 rebounds and a team-high five assists.  Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 14 points and five boards, while fellow freshman Lexie Brown scored 10.

“It was nice to see some improvements from the last time out, that’s where we always want to get better,” head coachBrenda Frese said. “I saw a lot of great things with some different combinations and how we wanted to play. I thought we were able to really do some really great things on the glass in terms of how we went to the offensive boards. This was just an opportunity to blend a lot of combinations together and I thought we did a good job overall.”

Thomas sunk a jumper on the Terps’ first possession, then senior Alicia DeVaughn converted an old-fashioned three-point play for the lead Maryland would never relinquish.

Holy Family kept it to a single-digit lead, then with 6:25 left in the first, a layup by freshman Brionna Jonesjumpstarted an 18-5 run to close the first half. The Terps led 45-23 at the break. Nine Terrapins scored in the run to put Maryland ahead by 22.

Maryland extended its run with a steal and score from Brown in the first 20 seconds of the half. The Terps pushed their lead to 61-28 with just under 14 minutes remaining.

The Terrapins return four of five starters from last year’s squad that led the ACC in rebounding, as the Terps have in each of the last three years. In 2012-13, the Terps finished with a rebounding margin of +13.7, which was second in the country to Liberty. Maryland was No. 3 nationally with its field goal percentage of .471.

Thomas was voted Preseason ACC Player of the Year by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league’s 15 head coaches last Wednesday. Brown was named to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s ACC Newcomer Watch List.

In 2012-13, Thomas 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.

Maryland will officially open the season Friday at South Florida with a 7 p.m. game at the Sun Dome in Tampa. Live updates will be available at https://twitter.com/umdwbb and live stats will be available at umterps.com. The game will be streamed live online for a fee through GoUSFBulls.com.

South Florida went 22-11 in 2012-13 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round before falling to Final Four squad California in overtime.

The Terps will welcome Loyola in their home opener Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. After the game, all fans are invited to stay for the Meet the Team event in the arena.

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Maryland women roll past Catholic in exhibition opener

Posted on 30 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  –  The Maryland women’s basketball team, which is ranked No. 5 in numerous preseason polls, used its depth and offensive firepower to cruise past local opponent Catholic University, 110-34, Tuesday in its first exhibition match of the year.

Redshirt junior Laurin Mincy, who missed all but the first five games of the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL, led the Terrapins with 15 points off 6-for-9 shooting from the field to go with seven rebounds. Freshman Brionna Jones added 14 points, while senior Katie Rutan, freshman Lexie Brown and sophomore Tierney Pfirman hit double-digits as well.

“It was obviously great to be able to start competition,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “We’re excited about our depth this season and we’re healthy.  You can see the waves we can bring in, in terms of our 14 players.  Obviously, exhibitions are the first time you get to put on the Maryland uniform for our freshman and our three players coming back from ACLs and Tierney Pfirman too.  We were able to see a lot of nice things tonight.”

The Terrapins wasted no time jumping out to a 22-0 lead by the first media timeout. Rutan hit two three-pointers in the opening 90 seconds to open the run.

A layup by freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough brought Maryland’s lead to 30 with 11:41 to play in the first. Twenty-two seconds later, Catholic got on the board with a trey by Liz Briones.

Maryland used nine points from senior Katie Rutan and eight from freshman Brionna Jones for a 54-10 lead at the break.

The Terrapins continued their hot streak with a 17-0 run to start the second half. Seven Terps scored in the burst andAlyssa Thomas and Malina Howard each had four points in the stretch.

Maryland’s defense forced 37 Cardinal turnovers and the Terrapins scored 52 points off Catholic’s giveaways. The Terps, long one of the nation’s top teams in the paint, outscored Catholic inside, 66-6 and outrebounded the Cardinals 49-24.

The Terrapins return four of five starters from last year’s squad that led the ACC in rebounding, as the Terps have in each of the last three years. In 2012-13, the Terps finished with a rebounding margin of +13.7, which was second in the country to Liberty. Maryland was No. 3 nationally with its field goal percentage of .471.

Thomas 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.

In 2012-13, Thomas 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.

Maryland is ranked No. 5 in numerous preseason polls, including the ESPN The Magazine Preseason Top 25, and is No. 6 in the USA Today Sports Preseason Top 25.

Next, Maryland will host Holy Family in its final exhibition Saturday at 2 p.m. Live updates will be available at https://twitter.com/umdwbb.

Maryland will welcome Loyola in its home opener Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The Terps will host defending national champion Connecticut Friday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

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Driesell would like to see Maryland move Madness back to midnight

Posted on 19 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mark Turgeon

On Maryland Madness:
“I thought it was a fantastic night. It was what I excepted. A lot of great memories, a lot of energy in the building. Our players loved it. The former players loved it. I think the fans loved it. It was a great night for Maryland basketball.”

On Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell:
“It was great because Lefty started all of this 42 years ago. And just for him to be here. And of course he wanted to scrimmage at midnight. And I said, ‘I can’t stay awake that  late.’ We did our little scrimmage and we brought a lot of past back tonight because of that. And then just Gary. I’ve been around Gary a lot more and it was very cordial of him to be here and do his thing and of course he’s well-loved in this building. It’s great to have those two guys because those two guys inspire me every day to work hard. To have those two guys here tonight meant a lot to me.”

Maryland Head Women’s Basketball Coach Brenda Frese

On Maryland Madness:
“Tonight was really special for both teams. I think for our players to be able to understand the past and what was here before them, I thought it was a pretty emotional night.”

On how tonight represented the evolution of women’s basketball at Maryland:
“Something I learned tonight was that both programs really only had three coaches. You knew it, but you didn’t know it. You really saw it out in front of you tonight. What Dottie McKnight and Chris Weller did laid the foundation and took steps for me to be able to be here. They did it when there was no television or behind the scenes and maybe not as many fans as we enjoy now. All the hard work they put in put us in the position we are in now.”

Former Maryland Men’s Basketball Coach Lefty Driesell

On Maryland Madness:
“I am very happy to be here. We are not celebrating me or Cole Field house. We are celebrating Mark Turgeon’s team. I told him, I am not coming unless I see his team scrimmage because I want to see what kind of team he is going to have this year.”

“I told them last year they ought to have them at midnight. I still think it ought to be at midnight. That is the way we drew a crowd because most of the students were just feeling right at midnight. That is the reason we filled it up.”

On the UCLA of the East quote:
“I was at Davidson and we were 27-3 one year and ranked third in the final standings. Coach Kehoe was talking to about coming to Maryland. He brought Jay McMillen to breakfast with us and Jay said, Maryland could be the UCLA of the East. I said, yeah if
we had Tom McMillen we might be. I wanted Jay to help me recruit Tom. In fact Jay drove Tom to campus the last day you could register for classes. So, it was more or less a recruiting pitch to get Tom.”

Former Maryland Women’s Basketball Coach Chris Weller

On Maryland Madness:
“Well if Lefty said it should have been at midnight, then it should have been at midnight. I am just delighted to be included. Women’s basketball at Maryland is a frontrunner because of people like Lefty Driesell.”

On feelings of being back in Cole Field House:
“I cannot wait to see some of the players and I was really anxious to see Lefty and Johnny Holiday. There are just so many memories. I was here 27 years. I was here the last game and had a lot of nice memories at that time. The players are the main memories.”

Maryland Women’s Basketball Senior Forward Alyssa Thomas

On Cole Field House:
“Just the atmosphere and tonight was definitely something special. To see the players who played here and started the Maryland legacy.”

Maryland Men’s Basketball Junior Guard Dez Wells

On the tradition:
“We talked to Lefty about those guys basing this tradition here. This place is special. I care about legacy and this place.”

On Cole Field House:
“It was my first time being in here since I’ve been to Maryland. I walked past it a lot of times, but this is my first time being in it. I have an appreciation for those guys who came before me and made this place the historic place that it is.”

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Michigan State next for Maryland Monday in NCAA Women’s Tournament

Posted on 24 March 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The fourth-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team will take on fifth-seeded Michigan State Monday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Second Round at Comcast Center. Tickets are still available on UMTerps.com.

Monday’s game will be shown live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The winner of the Terps-Spartans matchup will advance to Bridgeport, Conn. for the Regional Semifinals Saturday at noon.

The Terrapins (28-5) advanced to the Second Round with a 72-52 win over 13th-seeded Quinnipiac Saturday in College Park. Alyssa Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds and Tianna Hawkins had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Maryland. Alicia DeVaughn added a career-high 17 rebounds and Katie Rutanhad her career-high 11 boards.

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’s11 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 20-7 (.741). The Terps are 9-2 (.818) 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 Thomaswas 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 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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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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