April 13, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women's basketball team was named a Full Court First Team All-American Friday and was recognized as one of the nation's top five players for the second straight season.
Thomas, who was named ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season, averaged 18.8 points per game, 10.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists on the season. She is the only player in the country to rank in the top 50 of all three stats. She led the ACC in all three and recorded two triple-doubles this year. Thomas is also the first Terrapin to be named ACC Player of the Year twice and the first - male or female - to notch two triple-doubles.
Thomas finished the season with 640 points, 349 rebounds and 181 assists. She is the only Terrapin to hit 600 points, 300 rebounds and 150 assists in a season. Coleman notched 653 points, 309 rebounds and 120 assists in the 2008-09 season.
Thomas is joined on the first team by Full Court Player of the Year Brittney Griner (Baylor), Elena Delle Donne (Delaware), Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame) and Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford). For more on the All-American Team, log on to FullCourt.com.
Earlier this month, Thomas was named to the WBCA Division I Coaches All-America Team, the AP All-America Second Team and the USBWA All-American Team.
The Terrapins went 26-8 on the year, finished second in the ACC and advanced to their fifth Sweet Sixteen in head coach Brenda Frese's 11 years.
Frese has led the Terrapins to nine NCAA Tournament appearances four Elite Eights, a Final Four and the 2006 NCAA Championship.