COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women's basketball team celebrated its special Final Four season Thursday night with its annual banquet at The Marriott Inn & Conference Center on campus.
Members of the team, staff, families, fans and the Terps' top supporters all celebrated the season in which the Terrapins went 28-7 and advanced to the program’s fourth NCAA Final Four.
The five seniors in Sequoia Austin, Alicia DeVaughn, Katie Rutan, Alyssa Thomas and Essence Townsend stole the show as they each spoke to reflect on their careers. As a class, they compiled a record of 109-28 (.800), made four NCAA Tournament appearances, went to three Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights and the 2014 Final Four.
Thomas was named the team's Most Valuable Player. She picked up 28 double-doubles in 35 games on the year and led the team in scoring (19.0) and rebounding (10.9) The three-time All-American was also named ACC Player of the Year for the third straight season. She also became Maryland’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder – male or female.
Junior Laurin Mincy was honored with the team’s Most Improved Award. Coming off of an ACL tear, Mincy averaged 6.3 points per game. In the Terps’ NCAA Tournament run, she added a clutch 9.0 points per game off the bench.
Freshman Lexie Brown was awarded the Rookie Impact Award for her contributions in her first season. She started in 30 of 35 games and averaged 10.1 points per game. She led the team in assists with 4.3 per game. She was named to the All-ACC Freshmen Team.
Senior Katie Rutan was honored with the Sharp Shooter Award. She led the Terps with 59 threes made on the year. She shot 43.1 percent from outside the arc over the season and 58.3 percent in the Terps’ NCAA Tournament run. She hit 1,000 career points Feb. 27 at Boston College.
Freshman Brionna Jones was awarded the Perseverance Award. After suffering an ACL tear last January, Jones worked to get back to the court early in the season. She played in all 35 games and started in 14. She averaged 6.9 points per game and led the team with her field goal percentage of 60.7 percent.
Senior Alicia DeVaughn was honored with the Iron Woman Award for playing in 137 consecutive games in her career and not missing one. DeVaughn finished her career in the top 10 of the Maryland record books in rebounding with 816 in her career.
Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was awarded the Sixth Man Award. She was Maryland’s second-leading scorer for most of the year with 9.3 points per game coming off the bench.
Senior manager Ryland Adkins earned the Dedication and Service Award for her work with the team throughout her career.