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Maryland F Alyssa Thomas Named First Team All-American

Posted on 27 March 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of five players named to the Associated Press All-America First Team announced Tuesday.

Thomas, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, is joined on the First Team by Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne.

Thomas is the Terrapins’ fourth AP All-American. Crystal Langhorne (2006, 2007, 2008),Kristi Toliver (2008, 2009) and Marissa Coleman (2009) all earned the honor at least once in their respective careers. Langhorne was also honored as a sophomore when she was named to the Second Team in 2006.

Thomas leads the ACC in scoring with 17.2 points per game and is 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).

Thomas is just the second underclassman ever to be named ACC Player of the Year. She scored a career-high 29 points in the ACC title game to lead Maryland to its 10th league championship. She was named Tournament MVP and is only the seventh player, and first underclassman, to be named league Player of the Year and Tournament MVP in the same season.

The Second Team honorees are Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford; Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Shenise Johnson, Miami; Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State; and Julie Wojta of Green Bay. Connecticut’s Tiffany Hayes, Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies, Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, Tennessee’s Shekinna Stricklen and Miami’s Riquna Williams all made the Third Team.

Behind two comebacks and a 21-4 run to end the game, Maryland rallied past Texas A&M 81-74 on Sunday in the Regional Semifinals. The Terps advanced to their fourth Elite Eight under head coach Brenda Frese.

Laurin Mincy had 21 points and for her career-high 12 rebounds for her first career double-double. Thomas added 21 points and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Terrapins. They trailed by 18 points in the first half and by 12 in the second half, but Maryland fought its way back and held the defending national champion Aggies to just one basket in the final 10 minutes.

The Terrapins had won 10 straight and 13 of 14 since Jan. 26. The Terrapins are 31-18 (.633) all-time in NCAA Tournament games. Frese owns an NCAA Tournament record of 20-7 (.741) and 19-6 (.760) at Maryland. Frese has led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances, four Elite Eights and the 2006 national championship.


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A Welcome

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A Welcome

Posted on 24 August 2009 by Sam Angell

Hi everyone and welcome to the much-anticipated debut of my blog here at WNST.net.

I’m sorry, let me rephrase.

Hi Glenn. I told you I’d get around to writing one of these eventually.

In any event, welcome to the new Unassisted Triple Play, something that will undoubtedly become a semi-regular, unscheduled yet wildly popular feature here on the blogs page of WNST.net. After months of prompting from future-Hall of Famer Glenn Clark, other colleagues in the Baltimore media scene, and my mother, I decided that if Eric Bruntlett could make a name for himself in sports just by being in the right place at the right time, so could I. With each installment of the blog, I will discuss three topics – usually from the world of sports, but sometimes dealing with popular culture or the American scene at large. That way, when people ask me just what it is that I can do with an American Studies degree from the University of Maryland, I can point them here. If everyone who asks that question actually visits the site, this will be the most successful blog on the history of Al Gore’s innerwebs by next Thursday afternoon.

Let’s get started with an introductory post, shall we?


First off, a little bit of my sporting background. No, I have never actually turned an unassisted triple play. But I was once playing in the same infield as someone who did. We were seven. I’m pretty sure no one on the field knew what was happening, not even the guy who turned the trick. Looking back on how bad those first few EDRECO rec league teams I played on were, it’s possible that the umpire took pity on us and gave us credit for three outs just because our shortstop managed to catch a pop-up. But for now, we’ll give the kid the benefit of the doubt.

Despite two World Championships with the EDRECO Giants and the CAA Cardinals, plus a no-hitter against a hapless Liberty Road squad, my athletic career faded out somewhere around the time that the ice cream man stopped pulling up after the games. The fire(crackers) just wasn’t in me anymore.

I was raised in Baltimore, the only son of two transplants to the area. My father: a North Carolina native who grew up on the campus of Wake Forest during the days of Bones McKinney and Len Chappell. My mother: a product of Connecticut who grew up a Yankees fan in New Jersey and went to UVA. They met at grad school at the University of North Carolina, and moved to Baltimore in 1982. Despite all those obvious obstacles to overcome, my loyalties to the local sports scene have never been questioned.

That’s me on the right, not long before I poured a beer on the kid next to me and started chanting “1918.” Judging by the home decor, that had only been a few years previous.

With parents who had never really gotten to know the Colts, there wasn’t much football in our house before 1996. Even then, it took until Festivus Maximus for my parents to join my purple-toned enthusiasm. By now, though, they have become full-fledged Raven Maniacs, and plans are in the works to paint my dad’s minivan purple for tailgating season. Not that he is aware of these plans. But I won’t let that stop me.

Perhaps most miraculously, I became a Maryland fan. Despite a grandfather who taught at Wake Forest, a mother who went to Virginia and the fact that I wouldn’t have been here if not for the University of North Carolina, somewhere along the line I heard this man on the radio, and from that moment on, there was no question:

Johnny Holliday made me a Maryland fan back in the days of Exree Hipp and Scott Milanovich. When it came time to choose a school, there was no question. And when I got appendicitis nearing the date I had to make my decision, I seized my opportunity to soften the blow. “Mom,” I told my Wahoo Wah of a mother, “I think I want to go to Maryland.” Just happy that I was still more or less in one piece, she dealt with the reality that her son was about to become a Classless Thug.

Since leaving school, I’ve done work with Maryland, the University of Pennsylvania and the Baltimore Ravens. It was while getting the esteemed Glenn Clark yet another interview with Marissa Coleman last season (she’s just not that into you, Glenn) that he suggested I start a blog here on WNST.net. And now six months later, here we are.


The homerism doesn’t stop at sports. You cannot convince me that there is a better television show in the history of humanity than The Wire. In fact, when it comes to the mentality of the City of Baltimore, I think Ellis Carver put it best (warning…NSFW):

Before that, of course, there was Homicide and the wisdom of Frank Pembleton. I’m not all Baltimore, though. It’s difficult for me to go through a conversation without dropping a Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm reference. And if you get it when I invoke the great magician GOB Bluth, well, you’re alright in my book.


Although I went against them when it came to picking a college, I have followed my parents’ lead from the beginning when it came to music. Like them, I’m pretty open to anything and am not quick to dismiss any types of music. But when it gets right down to it, the classic stuff is what I like. The Beatles, Dylan, the Stones, Bruce…I could go on, but who wants to read about music? Here are a few of my favorites:

That ought to do it for an introduction. We’ll get down to some semi-coherent thoughts on the next installment of Unassisted Triple Play. Hopefully that won’t take another six months.

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