COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Alyssa Thomas, one of the most decorated players in Maryland women’s basketball history, will have her name and number honored in the rafters at Comcast Center immediately following the Terrapins’ game vs. Virginia Tech on March 2, which is Senior Day.
Thomas will be the ninth Terrapin to be honored by the program, joining the likes of Marissa Coleman, Shay Doron, Laura Harper, Crystal Langhorne and Kristi Toliver. The jerseys of Vicky Bullett, Tara Heiss and Jasmina Perazic are all retired.
“This is such a surprise and an honor for me,” Thomas said. “To be in the rafters with so many great players is amazing. I just want to thank my teammates and all the people that have supported me for so long. None of this would happen if it weren’t for them.”
Thomas is a two-time ACC Player of the Year and WBCA All-American, earning those honors in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She was just the second player in ACC history to earn the Player of the Year honor as a sophomore and was the first underclassman in Maryland history to be named an All-American.
“Words can’t even describe all Alyssa has done for this program in her four years,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “The first time I saw Alyssa play way back in high school, I knew she could be one of the greatest players to ever come through this program. I’ve often called her the most ferocious competitor I’ve ever coached and that couldn’t be truer. Alyssa has been a joy from day one to have in practice and on the court every day.”
Thomas is just 97 points from breaking Crystal Langhorne’s school scoring record of 2,247. Thomas’ 1,126 career rebounds are 103 shy of Langhorne’s record of 1,229. With her 58th career double-double vs. the Blue Devils, Thomas needs just two to surpass Langhorne’s record of 59.
“Alyssa is recognized as one of the most accomplished student-athletes ever to represent Maryland women’s basketball,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “She has been an outstanding leader during her time in College Park and has set an extraordinary example for her teammates to follow. We are all extremely proud of Alyssa and she is very deserving of this honor.”
The game vs. Virginia Tech will be Maryland’s final ACC regular season game. There will be a pre-game alumni autograph session and a commemorative ACC timeline poster for the first 5,000 fans in attendance. Fans will also be able to take photos with the Terrapins’ ACC championship trophies and will be able to share their favorite ACC moment on an interactive "My Favorite ACC Moment Wall.”
The March 2 game will also be the Team Tyler game, in which the Terps support leukemia awareness. Fans will be able join the national bone marrow donor registry courtesy of There Goes My Hero, a local non-profit that funds blood cancer research, family support programs, and education programs to encourage public support and use of the bone marrow registry. Fans can donate to the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Oncology.
The Terrapins are ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
The Terrapins will host Florida State (17-8, 5-7) Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at Comcast Center. For tickets, log on to umterps.com or call 1-800-IM-A-TERP.
The Terps-Seminoles game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet locally, Fox Sports South and more channels across the country. For where to watch, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/news-detail/RSN-Affiliates-for-ACCWBB-Florida-State-at-Maryland_02-14-14_nqjcqt.