Nov. 9, 2012
The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women's basketball media members. Maryland is one of seven schools with two or three players on the list.
Thomas was named to the Wooden preseason and midseason lists last year. The 2012 ACC Player of the Year was named a WBCA, AP and USBWA All-American as a sophomore last season. Last month, she was voted the ACC's Preseason Player of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel.
Mincy made the ACC Honorable Mention Team at the end of last year. In the Terps' run to the Elite Eight, she averaged 15.3 points per game and notched her first career double-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds to lead Maryland past defending national champion Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen. She earned ACC Preseason All-ACC Team honors last month.
Four other players from the ACC made the list in Duke's Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams, Natasha Howard from Florida State, and Tyaunna Marshall from Georgia Tech.
Players who excel throughout the season will be evaluated and considered for January's midseason list and the official voting ballot released in March. The National Ballot consists of 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top five players, will be announced the week of the Final Four.
Maryland opens the 2012-13 season officially Friday with a 7 p.m. game vs. Mount St. Mary's in College Park. The Terps will receive their championship rings for the 2012 ACC title prior to Friday's contest.
For tickets to Friday's opener, log on to UMTerps.com. GameTracker live stats will be available and the game will be shown live online on TerpsTV Premium.
After Friday's contest, the Terrapins will make the short trip to Baltimore for a 7 p.m. game at Loyola Sunday night.