NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 10 players in the country to be named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Saturday. She is the first in program history to earn the honor three times.
The WBCA All-America Team was announced at a ceremony held at Bridgestone Arena during the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities. The 10-member team was decided from a group of 52 finalists by the selection committee at an in-person meeting held during the 2014 WBCA National Convention.
Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.
She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.
Thomas leads the Terrapins (28-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,341 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.
Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 games played this year and leads 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 and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.
Thomas is joined on the team by Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Jordan Hooper (Nebraska), Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).
“The 10 student-athletes who have been selected to the 2014 Division I Coaches’ All-America Team are extremely deserving of this award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These young women have led their teams to be contenders for conference championships and berths in the NCAA Tournament. Each of these young women is the one on her team who the coach can turn to in order to take the program to the next level.”
Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on top-seeded Notre Dame (36-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com and can be heard on ESPN 980 (DC).
For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.
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 five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).