April 26, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's basketball team celebrated its Sweet Sixteen season Friday night with its annual banquet at The Marriott Inn & Conference Center on campus. Senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Alyssa Thomas received the team's top individual awards.
Members of the team, staff, families, fans and the Terps' top supporters all celebrated the season in which the Terrapins went 26-8, finished second in the ACC, and went to the program's fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese's 11 years.
The stellar career of Hawkins was celebrated, as she was named Most Outstanding Player and Most Improved Player. The senior post player entered her career as the No. 133 recruit in 2009, and finished as an All-ACC First Team honoree.
Thomas was named the team's Most Valuable Player. She picked up 20 double-doubles on the year and led the ACC in scoring (18.8), rebounds (10.3) and assists (5.3). The junior is the first Maryland player to be named ACC Player of the Year twice.
Junior Sequoia Austin received the Terp Award, an honor given to the student-athlete who embodies the Terrapins' core values consistently, and fully. The core values include passion, discipline, academic commitment, honesty, respect, gratitude, commitment to the community and loyalty to each other.
Junior Katie Rutan was awarded the Top Defensive Player award, as she was consistently assigned to guard opponents' top offensive threat. She helped lead a defense that allowed just 56.8 points per game - the lowest average in Frese's tenure.
Junior Alicia DeVaughn earned the Top Field Goal Percentage award for leading the team with her field goal percentage of .575. She averaged 8.4 points per game and finished third in the ACC in field goal percentage.
Senior Caitlin Adams earned the Selfless Award. The Maryland volleyball player joined the team in January once she heard of the team's need for depth.
The three Terrapins that suffered ACL tears - junior Laurin Mincy, sophomore Brene Moseley and senior Essence Townsend, earned Perseverence awards for their fight in coming back stronger than ever and for continuing to contribute to the team through adversity.
Howard earned a GPA of 3.5 to be named to the Dean's List and along with Austin and Rutan earned Academic Achievement awards.