Maryland women’s basketball players earn all-ACC honors

March 5, 2013

Maryland senior forward Tianna Hawkins is first-team all-ACC after leading the conference in scoring this season. (Associated Press)

Senior Tianna Hawkins and junior Alyssa Thomas were named to the all-ACC first team Monday following a regular season in which the starting forwards on the 10th-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team occupied the top two spots in scoring and rebounding almost the entire way.

Hawkins finished first in the ACC in scoring (18.5 points per game) and was second in rebounding (9.4). Thomas wound up first in rebounding (10.3) and third in scoring (17.7), and will find out later this week if she becomes the first player in program history to win ACC player of the year twice in row.

“Obviously individual awards don’t happen without team success,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “I think this team has all season played for each other and just tremendous to be able to see those two rewarded.”

Hawkins’s averaged the most points per game at Maryland since Deanna Tate’s 19.8 in 1988-89, and she was second on Maryland with 13 double-doubles, including 18 points and 11 rebounds in an 88-61 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday in the regular season finale at Comcast Center.

Thomas led the ACC with 17 double-doubles and also finished second in assists (5.3) behind Duke’s Chelsea Gray.

Maryland earned the No. 2 seed in the ACC tournament that begins Thursday in Greensboro, N.C. The Terrapins will play either Wake Forest or Georgia Tech on Friday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals and are seeking a record 11th ACC tournament title after winning it last season behind what was then a career-high 29 points by Thomas in the championship game.

On Tuesday, Chloe Pavlech and Malina Howard were selected to ACC all-freshmen teams.

Pavlech, a point guard, made the team in which media members and school representatives comprised the voters. Howard, a center, was picked in a vote of ACC coaches.

Because of injuries to teammates early in the season, both players logged significantly more minutes than anticipated in helping the Terrapins (23-6, 12-4) finish tied for second the conference with North Carolina.

Pavlech has started 26 of 29 games for Maryland after starting guards Brene Moseley and Laurin Mincy went down with torn ACLs. Howard, meantime, came off the bench to average 7.5 points in conference play and has scored in double-figures in seven ACC games.

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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