ATLANTA – Maryland women's basketball senior Alyssa Thomas was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Region 2 Team for the third straight year Tuesday. The two-time WBCA All-American is one of 52 All-Region Team honorees from around the country, who are considered finalists for the 10-member All-American team.
Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was named Atlantic Coast Conference 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.
She was named an All-American by the WBCA, Associated Press and U.S. Basketball Writers Association in both her sophomore and junior seasons.
Thomas leads the Terrapins (25-6) in scoring with 18.7 point per game and in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. On Sunday, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time leading scorer. She currently has 2,271 career points.
Thomas has an ACC-best 25 double-doubles in 31 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.
The selection committee uses an equation to determine a fair number of nominees from each region. The number of Division I institutions in each region is divided by the number of Division I institutions overall to determine a percentage for each region. This percentage is then multiplied by 52 (the total number of desired finalists) to get the number of finalists for each region.
The 2014 WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-America Team will be announced at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday April 5, during NCAA® Women’s Final Four® Super Saturday festivities in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
Fourth-seeded Maryland will take on fifth-seeded Texas (22-11) Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Comcast Center in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Tickets for the Second Round in College Park start at $15 for a reserved seats. For more information or to purchase, log on to http://www1.xosn.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&ATCLID=209390169&DB_OEM_ID=29700.
Tuesday’s game will be shown live on ESPN2 regionally and can be seen on ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app nationally.
The Terrapins are in the Louisville regional, in which Tennessee is the No. 1 seed. 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 four Elite Eights, five Sweet Sixteens, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship. Her all-time record with Maryland in the Tournament is 22-8 (.733). The Terps are 11-2 in NCAA Tournament games in Comcast Center.