COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Alyssa Thomas were both named to the final 15 and made the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Thursday.
Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year last week for the second straight season. She is the first Terrapin to earn the honor twice and the first to notch more than one triple-double. Thomas led the ACC in points (18.4), rebounds (10.5) and assists (5.5). Hawkins finished second in the league in scoring (18.3) and rebounding (9.5). She was named to the All-ACC First Team.
Maryland, Baylor, Connecticut and Duke are the only schools with two players in the final 15. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the ballot is made up of student-athletes who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Hundreds of members of the college basketball media will vote on the Wooden Award Player of the Year and All American team until March 27.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top five players, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced at the 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s on April 12 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.
After finishing the regular season with a 24-7 record, the Maryland women’s basketball team will learn its NCAA Tournament fate on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. with the Selection Show on ESPN.
First Round games will be played in College Park on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the Second Round game will be played in College Park as well on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
The Terrapins have made eight NCAA Tournament appearances in head coach Brenda Frese’s 10 postseasons. 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.