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Former Terp Thomas selected fourth in WNBA Draft

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

UNCASVILLE, Conn.  – Alyssa Thomas was drafted 4th overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Thomas was then traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.

Thomas is the sixth Terrapin under head coach Brenda Frese to be a top ten draft pick.

Thomas was one of 12 of the nation’s top prospects to be invited to attend the WNBA Draft. The three-time ACC Player of the Year was named a WBCA All-American, a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American last week after leading the Terrapins (28-7) to their fourth Final Four.

“I’m just really excited and thrilled to be headed to Connecticut,” Thomas said. “I want to thank the Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan and staff. I wouldn’t be here without Coach Frese and the great staff at Maryland, my family and my coaches and friends in Harrisburg. This is a dream come true and no words describe what it felt like to have my name called.”

The Connecticut Sun went 10-24 in the 2013 season. For more on the Sun, click here.

Nine of Frese’s players at Maryland have been drafted by the WNBA and six have been first round picks. Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver went second and third overall in 2009, while Crystal Langhorne went sixth and Laura Harper was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft. Most recently, Tianna Hawkins was selected sixth overall by the Seattle Storm last year.

Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,235 career rebounds.

Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games played 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.

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Former Terps F Thomas invited to attend WNBA Draft

Posted on 11 April 2014 by WNST Staff

NEW YORK  – Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 12 of the nation’s top prospects to be invited to attend the WNBA Draft at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Monday.  Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.

Thomas will be joined by Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Bria Hartley (Connecticut), Kayle McBride (Notre Dame), Natalie Achonwa (Notre Dame), Chelsea Gray (Duke), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville), Meighan Simmons (Tennessee), Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State) as those invited to attend.

Thomas is the third Terrapin in three years to be invited to the draft, following Tianna Hawkins last year and Lynetta Kizer in 2012. Thomas was named a WBCA All-American, a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American last week after leading the Terrapins (28-7) to their fourth Final Four.

She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel last month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.

Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 19.0 points per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game. In the NCAA First Round, she passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,235 career rebounds.

Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 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.

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Former Terps National Champion Harper joins women’s staff at Loyola

Posted on 03 September 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Laura Harper, a former University of Maryland standout and WBNA post player, has joined the Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant, Head Coach Joe Logan announced today. Harper replaces another former Terrapins player whose jersey now resides in the Comcast Center rafters, Keith Booth.

“We’re excited to welcome Laura to our program,” Logan said. “I have known Laura for a long time, from her days at Cheltenham High School in Philadelphia through her wonderful career at Maryland. Laura is a great person who will act as a tremendous role model to our players, and the team will benefit from all her incredible accomplishments. We are excited to have her on board and look forward to her helping us move Loyola women’s basketball forward.”

Harper, who played four seasons at the University of Maryland, graduated from the school in 2008 and was picked 10th overall in the WNBA draft to the Sacramento Monarchs. The power forward averaged five points and 3.7 rebounds in her first two seasons as a pro.

“I’m honored to accept the position at Loyola,” Harper said. “I can’t wait to work with such a great staff and a wonderful group of girls.  I am grateful to Joe Logan and the rest of the athletic department for believing in me and allowing me this opportunity.  It feels great to officially say I am a Loyola Greyhound.”

Most recently, Harper played overseas in Russia for the Dynamo Moscow. During the 2011-12 season, she also played for Antakya Turkey, averaging 13.3 points and 9.9 rebounds.

While at Maryland, Harper led the Terrapins to the 2006 National Championships. At the tournament, she received the NCAA Final Four Outstanding Player award, after scoring a career-high 24 points in the semifinal game against North Carolina. Two days later, Harper recorded 16 points in the title win against the Duke Blue Devils.

“Laura is a perfect fit for Loyola,” said Brenda Freese, head women’s basketball coach at Maryland. “She is a tremendous addition for Joe Logan and his program, as she’s a rising star in this profession.”Harper sits atop the charts at Maryland with 198 blocked shots for the Terrapins.  The Philadelphia native ranks sixth in free throws made, scoring 1,407 points in the Maryland jersey.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?


For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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Two Terps Selected in WNBA Draft

Posted on 16 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BRISTOL, Conn. – Point guard Anjale Barrett and center Lynetta Kizer of the Maryland women’s basketball team were both selected in the Top 30 of the WNBA Draft Monday afternoon.

Barrett was selected 26th overall and went to the Washington Mystics and will join former teammate Crystal Langhorne in Washington. Kizer went to the Tulsa Shock two picks later.

Barrett finished her senior season second in the ACC in assists (4.9) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8) this season and ended her four-year career fifth in Maryland history in assists with 486.

Kizer was a three-time All-ACC Team honoree and the league Sixth Player of the Year in her senior season. Her 1,621 career points put her at No. 8 in school record books and her 958 career rebounds makes her No. 4 in Maryland history in rebounds.

Barrett spent a total of five seasons in College Park and was a member of three NCAA Elite Eight teams and two ACC title teams. Kizer helped lead Maryland to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two Elite Eights and two ACC championships.

Maryland (31-5) ended its 2012 season winning 10 of its last 11 games. The Terrapins won the program’s 10th ACC title earlier this month and notched the fourth 30-win season in school history. They advanced to their ninth Elite Eight and fourth in head coach Brenda Frese’s 10 years.


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Maryland, Towson Make Athletic Department Changes

Posted on 14 April 2011 by WNST Staff

Here are the official releases, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…


Comes to Maryland from University of California

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Nathan Pine has been hired as a senior associate athletics director and chief of staff at the University of Maryland, athletics director Kevin Anderson announced Thursday.

Pine comes to Maryland after nearly three years as an assistant A.D. for development and major gifts at the University of California. He also served for more than three years at the U.S. Military Academy and for five years at Oregon State.

“I am honored to join the Terrapin family and I would like to thank Kevin Anderson for this wonderful opportunity to serve the University of Maryland,” said Pine. “I am excited for the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to bringing my experiences to this position to help to make Maryland Athletics the very best it can be.”

At Maryland, he will be responsible for implementing the department’s strategic plan on both a long-term and short-term view. He will work with the staff on developing strategies to improve performance evaluations for coaches and programs, as well as administrative units.

Pine will also assist in developing fund-raising strategies to assist Maryland’s long-term goals in revenue generation and facilities enhancement.

“Nate Pine is one of the bright stars in college athletics,” said Anderson. “He brings energy and an array of experience to the University of Maryland department of athletics.”

Anderson and Pine worked together from March 2005 to Sept. 2008 at Army. As the associate A.D. for business development and strategic planning, Pine was responsible for development, administration and implementation of all business initiatives for Army Athletics. He assisted in working on a contract extension with CBS for Army-Navy football games from 2010 to 2018.

He also held the position of Associate A.D. for External Operations at Army. He helped the athletics department improve fund-raising, facilities and ticket sales. He led the fund-raising effort to secure a single $15 million gift for an indoor practice facility at the academy.

At California, Pine was directly responsible for leading a $500 million capital campaign for athletics. He also was responsible for implementing and marketing Cal’s Endowment Seating Program, a $325 million initiative to renovate and seismically upgrade California Memorial Stadium.

He began his athletics administration career in 2000 at his alma mater, Oregon State. He began as an assistant director of facilities and event management, then moved quickly into the Beavers’ development operation. As a regional director, he assisted with planning, solicitation and stewardship of donors in capital campaigns, annual funds and major gifts.

A native of Eagle Point, Oregon, Pine earned a bachelor’s in business administration with degrees in marketing and international business from Oregon State in 2000. He earned a masters in education from Cal in 2010.

Pine and his wife, Stephanie, are living in College Park.


Madison Square Garden salesman returns to his alma mater

TOWSON, Md. – Director of Athletics Mike Waddell filled the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Fan Development with one of Towson University’s own, hiring Mike Hollis from Madison Square Garden where he spent the last three seasons between New York Knicks (NBA) marketing and arena ticket sales for the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA) and the Knicks.

Hollis will oversee Towson’s strategic marketing and ticket sales plans with emphasis on increasing the TU brand throughout the greater Baltimore area through community outreach programs, group and individual ticket sales, season ticket sales and advertising.

“It’s a pleasure to bring back an alum, especially one with Mike’s experience and enthusiasm,” said Waddell. “His trail has taken him into one of the most competitive media markets in the country, New York City, where he consistently produced as both a marketer and a ticket account representative. He’ll give us the same punch here and we know he’ll make a difference for us.”

Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from Towson in 2009 with a degree in Sports Management, Hollis has been padding his work experience list with several positions in the professional arena.

As an undergraduate, Hollis was active in the university’s Sports Business Association, serving on its board and as treasurer. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and in 2008 he was accepted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Hollis is leaving a position as an inside sales representative with Madison Square Garden where he generated over $1.4 million in revenue for the arena’s three pro franchises and outside events. He was a major contributor to the No. 1 revenue generating sales team for the 2009-10 NBA season.

During his time at Towson where he spent three seasons as a basketball manager for the Tigers, Hollis served internships with the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Jackals, a minor league baseball team out of Little Falls, N.J.

TRANSACTION: Towson University names Mike Hollis Assistant Athletic Director for Fan Development

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The Friday Football Frenzy: A Unified Spirit With Differing Perspectives

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The Friday Football Frenzy: A Unified Spirit With Differing Perspectives

Posted on 17 September 2010 by WNST Interns

Today marks a new beginning for WNST’s Friday format during football season. And, trust me, it will indeed be something totally out of the ordinary for me in this infancy of my foray into sports talk radio.

Fridays may never be the same …..

On each and every PURPLE FRIDAY, I will be joined by Nestor, as we present the FRIDAY FOOTBALL FRENZY brought to you by Guinness. Of course, this means plenty of discussion regarding this city’s dominant sports interest, the Baltimore Ravens.

That said, it most likely guarantees a generous amount of debating and arguing, at times. Ahh …. this could be a very entertaining reality.

While both of us certainly share the same love for Baltimore and a desire to see the Ravens (and Orioles) dominate the competition, we’ve been known to have differing views on the best way to accomplish some things. That’s the beauty in discussing sports and other topics, right?

I’ve come to believe that most on-air tandems agree to take separate sides of an issue for an overall encompassing perspective of the subject. You can see it each morning when Skip Bayless debates a “stiff of the day” on the World Wide Leader.

In essence, it’s choreographed. Those debates are as staged as anything conceived by Vince McMahon, himself.

Nestor and I won’t be doing that. We’re both too stubborn and opinionated to fake it. If it sounds like we disagree on something, you can bet we really do …..

I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for weeks. He’ll make it fun. I’ll make it fun. And, we’ll both make it interesting.

If you haven’t already read Nestor’s blog, check it out. It’s a thorough piece and straight from the heart. In a roundabout way, I think his blog is representative of what we’ll bring to the listener, each Friday.

Of course, our conversations will be more directly tied to the National Football League, with specific attention to the Ravens and their weekly opponent. However, Nestor’s blog topic of “Women In The Locker Room” could spark one of our famous debates.

As I said earlier, we both want the same result. In this case, it’s a professional, knowledgable, ethical standard among those who interact with athletes for the purpose of informing the consumer.

However, we might have differing opinions on attaining such a prospective reality. I look at athletes like Clinton Portis and Lance Briggs, who’ve mouthed off about women in the locker room and I think they’ve spurred the opportunity for a CHOICE among players.

Think about it …..

What if the players had a voice in deciding how post-game interviews would be conducted, and more importantly, where they would be conducted? They could choose between the following considerations …..

A) All reporters will be forbidden from the locker room, until players are showered and dressed. However, upon dressing, players MUST remain in the locker room for a mutually agreeable amount of time (30 minutes ???) to answer questions of credentialed media.

B) Continue with the same practice that exists now.

I would bet an entire month’s pay that the players would overwhelmingly select (B). Why? That’s easy ….. people always choose convenience over principle. While some players have voiced their opposition to the current practice, especially as it regards females in the locker room, I’m not swayed to believe they would be agreeable to a procedure that absorbs their otherwise free time.

Over the last few days, some listeners have inquired about the practices regarding male reporters in the locker rooms of female athletes. Consider the WNBA, as an example. Their process mirrors option (A). WNBA locker rooms are closed until players are dressed, at which point ALL reporters are allowed access.

And, if such a process did take place, participation cannot simply be voluntary on part of the players. You know, I know and everyone else knows very few of them will stick around if they’re given the option to leave and have dinner or a few drinks. Say what you will, but the NFL depends on their players to market and promote the game ON and OFF the field.

To be blunt, access cannot be denied based on gender. We live in a nation based on equality among classes of citizens. If access is going to be denied based on past misconduct or incompetence, that’s fine. But, access cannot be denied based on gender, period.

Oh well, that’s my take on the topic. Hopefully, Nestor reads this blog and we’ll have a spirited little discussion today. But, as I said, we still ultimately want the same end result.

I’m really looking forward to today’s show, and EVERY Friday thru football season. We’re gonna bring it hard and provide the best Ravens coverage during your afternoon drive.

Please tune into us TODAY. It’s a purple colored FRIDAY FOOTBALL FRENZY …..

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