LOS ANGELES – Senior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was one of five players in the country to be named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s All American Team Wednesday as announced by The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Thomas is joined on the team by Breanna Stewart (Connecticut), Kayla McBride (Notre Dame), Odyssey Sims (Baylor) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford).
Voting by college basketball media members from throughout the nation took place from March 12 through 25, allowing voters to take into account play through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The All American Team is made up of the five student-athletes who received the highest point total over that period. All players have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA, an important component of the Award insisted upon by Coach Wooden.
The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year will be announced as part of the 38th annual Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s weekend April 10-12, 2014 at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The event will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams.
Thomas was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press and a USBWA All-American earlier this week.
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 (28-6) 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 passed Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,342 career points and is tied with Crystal Langhorne as the school’s leading rebounder with 1,229 career boards.
Thomas has an ACC-best 28 double-doubles in 34 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 top-seeded Notre Dame (34-0) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The Terps-Irish 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, two Final Fours and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 25-8 (.758).