NEW YORK – Former Maryland women’s basketball standout Alyssa Thomas was named to the Verizon WNBA All-Star Game, announced Tuesday. She is on the East Conference roster for the July 22 event.
This marks Thomas’ first WNBA All-Star honor in her fourth year in the league. She has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice in the last month (June 26, July 10). Thomas is averaging 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season as she has helped the Connecticut Sun to win seven of their last 10 games.
The WNBA All Star Game will be played July 22 at KeyArena in Seattle at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Head coach Brenda Frese has coached 13 total WNBA draft picks, including eight in the top 10. With Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones picked Nos. 6 and 8 in April, they are the third duo in program history two Terrapins have been drafted in the top 10, all under Frese. Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper were drafted sixth and 10th in 2008. Marissa Coleman and Toliver were selected second and third in 2009.
Maryland and Duke have eight former alums in the WNBA, second only to Connecticut (14).