ATLANTA – Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball ball team was added to the 2011-12 State Farm Wade Watch List, the State Farm Wade Trophy Committee announced Tuesday.
The Harrisburg, Pa. native is one of eight players added to the 25-member Preseason Watch List. She is one of four Atlantic Coast Conference players named to the list, joining Florida State’s Cierra Bravard and Miami’s Shenise Johnson and Riquna Williams. Thomas is also one of just six underclassmen to earn a spot.
Thomas is the ACC’s leading scorer with her 17.3 points per game and 19.1 points per contest in league games. The forward leads the ACC with her free throw percentage of .872, is No. 9 in the league in rebounds (7.5), and No. 5 in assist/turnover ratio (1.6).
The Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women’s national player of the year award in college basketball. The Wade Trophy Coalition was established in June 2000 when the WBCA partnered with The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS). For the past 10 years the two have worked together to present The State Farm Wade Trophy player of the year award. A committee composed of coaches, administrators and media from across the U.S. selects the winner. For the full Wade Watch List, log on to WBCA.org.
Next, Maryland (20-3, 7-3 ACC) will head south once more this week with a game at Clemson (6-15, 2-8) Thursday at 7 p.m. The Terps-Tigers game can be seen live online for a fee at TigerCast.com.
After Thursday’s game, the Terrapins will return home for a 2:30 p.m. game Sunday vs. No. 6 Miami (20-3, 9-1). It will be the Terps’ annual Play4Kay game to support breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer survivors are invited to come for free and their friends and family can purchase discounted tickets for $1 by emailing Terpsports@umd.edu.