GREENSBORO, N.C. – The third-seeded Maryland women’s basketball team will face off against sixth-seeded North Carolina Friday at 8 p.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The Terps-Tar Heels matchup Friday night will be shown on Comcast SportsNet locally, as well as Fox Sports South and more channels across the nation. For other channels and more information on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.
The Terrapins (24-5, 12-4 ACC) have won eight of their last nine games and four straight. Most recently, they beat Virginia Tech, 87-48, Sunday on Senior Day in College Park. Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 8 in the Associated Press poll.
The Tar Heels (23-8, 10-6) are ranked No. 12 in the country and beat 11th-seeded Wake Forest, 69-65, Thursday in the Second Round. Maryland beat North Carolina, 79-70, on Jan. 5 in Chapel Hill. Alyssa Thomas led the way with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Lexie Brown, Katie Rutan and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough also hit double figures.
Thomas was named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive year by the Blue Ribbon Panel Wednesday. Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the ACC’s top individual honor three times.
Duke’s Alana Beard was named ACC Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, from 2002 to 2004. Thomas and Beard are the only players to be honored as ACC Player of the Year as sophomores.
Thomas is the third player under head coach Brenda Frese to earn the league’s top honor. Maryland has won the honor in five of the last seven years with Crystal Langhorne (2008), Kristi Toliver (2009) and Thomas the last three years.
This year, Thomas led the Terrapins in scoring with 18.7 point per game and in rebounding with 10.8 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. She has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this year, all consecutive. She is just 14 points from breaking Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 points and 36 points from passing Juan Dixon’s school record of 2,269 points.
Brown was named to the All-ACC Freshmen Team Tuesday and is the 14th player in Frese’s 12 years to earn the honor. Brown averaged 9.8 points per game on the year and 10.6 points per game in conference play, as well as 4.3 assists. She finished second among all league players in assist/turnover ratio (2.1). She was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch list for the honor that goes to the nation’s top point guard.
The winner of Friday’s matchup will play either second-seeded Duke or seventh-seeded Georgia Tech Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the ACC Semifinals. Saturday’s matchup will be shown on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. For more information on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_w-baskbl.