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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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Two Maryland women pick up All-ACC honors

Posted on 04 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 Blue Ribbon Panel Tuesday.

The league will announce the Blue Ribbon Panel’s ACC Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year on Wednesday, March 5. Brown and Thomas helped lead Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) to the No. 3 seed in this weekend’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro.

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 conference’s Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior. For the full All-ACC team, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/news-detail/All-ACC-All-Freshman-Team-Announced_03-04-14_diyul3.

Brown is the 14th player in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons to make the All-ACC Freshman Team. She is joined by North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray, Georgia Tech’s Kaela Davis and Miami’s Adrienne Motley. DeShields,

“This is just really special to be included among the best players in the conference,” Thomas said. “We battle night in and night out and it’s just an honor. Thanks to my teammates and coaches for battling every night and helping me every day.”

“This is just an honor to be included on the All-Freshman Team because this is a really strong freshman class on our team and all across the conference,” Brown said. “My teammates and coaches have supported me and have helped me through this transition so much. Congrats to the other freshmen and a special congrats to my girls from Georgia [DeShields, Gray, Davis].”

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 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.

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.

“It never gets old seeing our players earn this type of honor and we’re really appreciative,’ Frese said. “Alyssa had another incredible season and was just devastating in so many ways. She shows up every game and accepts the responsibility of helping us win. She plays with incredible passion and really is willing to give everything she has for her team. We’re really happy for her to take her place among the league’s very best and we offer our congratulations to the other players as well.”

Brown started in 24 of 28 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.

“Because we believed in her, we threw Lexie into the toughest position on the court as a freshman, against really tough competition,” Frese said. “This honor tells you she handled that challenge really well. Her game IQ is one of the best I’ve ever seen and it’s been a pleasure to watch her grow this season.”

“I honestly thought all three of our freshmen had an argument to get this honor, but I understand there are only so many slots and there were a lot of terrific players to choose from. We’re happy to get one selected, but we feel that the future of our program is in good hands.”

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

Next, 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 tohttp://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.

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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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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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Maryland women receive top five preseason ranking

Posted on 03 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s basketball team is ranked No. 5 nationally in the USA Today Sports preseason basketball magazine poll. This is the second straight year the Terps will start in the top five.

The Terrapins went 26-8 in the 2012-13 season and advanced to the program’s fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese’s 11 years. Maryland finished tied for second in the ACC.

This year, the Terps return four of five starters, two-time ACC Player of the Year Alyssa Thomas, and bring on four talented newcomers in Lexie Brown, A’Lexus Harrison, Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, who made up the nation’s No. 5 recruiting class.

USA Today Sports Preseason Basketball Magazine Top 25

1. UConn
2. Stanford
3. Duke
4. Tennessee
5. MARYLAND
6. North Carolina
7. Kentucky
8. Louisville
9. Notre Dame
10. California
11. Nebraska
12. Texas A&M
13. Baylor
14. Dayton
15. Oklahoma
16. Penn State
17. LSU
18. Colorado
19. Georgia Tech
20. Oklahoma State
21. Iowa State
22. Michigan State
23. South Carolina
24. Purdue
25. Marist

Italics indicate Terps’ 2013-14 opponents.

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