ST. LOUIS – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was one of 10 players in the country to be named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s All-America Team, as selected by the entire association membership Monday. Thomas and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims are the only players to earn the honor for the third straight year.
Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was honored as an All-American by the WBCA, Associated Press and USBWA in both her sophomore and junior seasons. For the full USBWA All-America team, log on to http://www.sportswriters.net/usbwa/news/2014/allamerica140331.html.
She was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel earlier this month. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.
Thomas leads the Terrapins (27-6) in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,320 career points and scored a career-high 33 in the Terps’ 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday.
Thomas has an ACC-best 27 double-doubles in 33 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 and is one triple-double shy of tying the NCAA career and season records.
Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on third-seeded Louisville (33-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the NCAA Elite Eight at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The Terps-Cardinals matchup will be shown on ESPN and ESPN3.com.
For the full bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-women/d1.
In last year's NCAA Tournament run, the fourth-seeded Terrapins cruised past Quinnipiac, 72-52, in the First Round in College Park, then beat Michigan State, 74-49 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Maryland fell to eventual national champion Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen in Bridgeport, Conn.
This marks Maryland’s 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance and 10th in head coach Brenda Frese’s 12 years. She's led Maryland to five Elite Eights, six Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 24-8 (.750).