April 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Junior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women's basketball team was named a WBCA Division I Coaches All-American Saturday and was honored at the Final Four in New Orleans Arena. Thomas was named one of the nation's top 10 players for the second straight season.
Thomas is the seventh Terrapin to be named a WBCA All-American, following Jasmina Perazic (1993), Vicky Bullett (1989), Deanna Tate (1989), Crystal Langhorne (2007, 2008), Marissa Coleman (2009). Last year, she was the first Terrapin to earn the honor as a sophomore.
Thomas, who was named ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season, averaged 18.8 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the season. She is the only player in the country to rank in the top 50 of all three stats. She led the ACC in all three and recorded two triple-doubles this year. Thomas is also the first Terrapin to be named ACC Player of the Year twice and the first - male or female - to notch two triple-doubles.
Thomas finished the season with 640 points, 349 rebounds and 181 assists. She is the only Terrapin to hit 600 points, 300 rebounds and 150 assists in a season. Coleman notched 653 points, 309 rebounds and 120 assists in the 2008-09 season.
Thomas is joined on the team by Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame), Stefanie Dolson (Connecticut), Chelsea Gray (Duke), Brittney Griner (Baylor), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut), Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) and Odyssey Sims (Baylor).
Earlier this week, Thomas was named to the AP All-America Second Team and the USBWA All-American Team.
In their Sweet Sixteen matchup last weekend, the fourth-seeded Terrapins hung with top-seeded Connecticut early, but a spurt to start the second half put the Huskies in front to advance to the Elite Eight, 76-50.
The Terrapins went 26-8 on the year, finished second in the ACC and advanced to their fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese's 11 years.
Frese has led the Terrapins to nine NCAA Tournament appearances four Elite Eights, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship.