March 7, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Freshman Malina Howard and junior Katie Rutan of the Maryland women's basketball team were named to the All-ACC Academic Team this week. To be considered for the team, student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.0 in the previous semester and 3.0 cumulative average in her academic career.
Howard and Rutan are two of 15 honorees on the ACC's All-Academic Team and are the 13th and 14th Terrapins honored in head coach Brenda Frese's 11 years. Maryland, Duke and North Carolina State are the only schools to have more than one student-athlete honored.
Rutan, an international business major, has started in 15 of 29 games and has seen action in them all. She is averaging 29.4 minutes per game and 9.1 points per game. Howard, a kinesiology major, has played in all 29 games for the Terrapins and was named to the head coaches' All-ACC Freshman Team earlier this week.
Head coach Brenda Frese was voted ACC Coach of the Year by the league's head coaches and junior Alyssa Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel for the second straight season Thursday. Frese's honor is her first by the conference. Thomas is the first in school history to be named Player of the Year twice.
Frese, the 2002 Associated Press National Coach of the Year, led the Terrapins to the No. 2 seed in this weekend's ACC Tournament and a record of 23-6 overall and 14-4 in ACC play, despite key season-ending injuries to the Terps' starting guards Brene Moseley and Laurin Mincy, as well as center Essence Townsend in the fall. As the season wore on, the Terrapins lost freshman Tierney Pfirman to a dislocated knee cap and played a stretch with seven available players.
Thomas, a 6-2 forward, has played every position on the floor for the Terrapins and led the league in rebounding with 10.4 per contest. She was second in assists (5.2) and third in scoring (17.7). In the 18 conference games, she led all players in scoring (19.7), rebounding (11.0) and assists (5.3). She notched an ACC-high 17 double-doubles this year, 12 in conference play.
Duke's Joanne P. McCallie was noted ACC Coach of the Year by the Blue Ribbon Panel, which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives. Duke's Chelsea Gray was named ACC Player of the Year by the league's head coaches.
The 10th-ranked Terrapins will play 10th-seeded Wake Forest Friday at 6 p.m. in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals in Greensboro, N.C. The game will be shown on RSN, which includes Comcast SportsNet Plus locally and Fox Sports South, as well as ESPN3. The Terps earned a first round bye for the eighth time under Frese.
Maryland is 49-25 (.662) all-time in the ACC Tournament and is 14-8 (.636) under Frese. The Terrapins are 13-6 all-time as the No. 2 seed (.684). Maryland won the program's 10th ACC title last year as the No. 3 seed with a 68-65 win over fourth-seeded Georgia Tech. ACC Tournament MVP Alyssa Thomas scored 29 points in the championship game to lift the Terps.
For game times and the latest on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-womens-basketball-tournament.html. All rounds will be televised.
A printable bracket can be found at /fls/29700/old_site/pdf/w-baskbl/2012-13/misc_non_event/2013ACCTournamentBracket.pdf.