All-time Terp great receives rare honor

Basketball through hoopOne of the University of Maryland’s all-time greats has been honored by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) for the 2013-14 academic year.

Former Maryland women’s basketball All-American Alyssa Thomas has been named the ACC Female Athlete of the Year.

Thomas, who led Maryland in both scoring and rebounding last season, averaged 19 points and 10.9 rebounds per game and helped guide the Terrapins to a 28-7 record including an appearance in the Final Four.

“It’s quite an honor to be named ACC Female Athlete of the Year,” said Thomas, now in her rookie WNBA season with the Connecticut Sun. “I was grateful to be named athlete of the year in my sport and this is just amazing. I want to thank everyone at Maryland for helping me get better and better all four years. They helped me achieve some of my biggest goals and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Terp.”

Thomas led the ACC with 28 double-doubles in 35 games last season and led the nation with four triple-doubles. The Harrisburg, Pa. native is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles in her career. She also ranked fifth among ACC players in assists (4.1 per game) and shot 51.3 percent from the floor.

Thomas captured the 24th Mary Garber Award as the conference’s finest female athlete after becoming the second player in conference history to be voted the ACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for a third straight season.

“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC,” said Maryland head coach Brenda Frese. “There were so many memorable games and highlights in her career that she demonstrated what it took to perform at the highest level each and every night. She was a special player that impacted everyone. She is a player that will be remembered forever.”

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