Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas named ACC preseason player of the year

October 23, 2013

Alyssa Thomas is named ACC preseason player of the year. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was voted ACC preseason player of the year on Wednesday morning at the conference’s annual media day in Greensboro, N.C.

Thomas is the two-time reigning ACC player of the year. She is the only player in Maryland women’s basketball history to have won the award multiple times.

Last season, Thomas led the ACC in points (18), rebounds (10.3) and assists (5.3), becoming the first player in NCAA history to accumulate those averages together in a single season. She is sixth on the Terrapins’ all-time scoring list, needing 557 points to pass Crystal Langhorne’s 2,247.

Maryland, meantime, was picked third in the ACC behind Duke and Notre Dame. The Terrapins are set to play their final season in the conference before joining the Big Ten next year.

Last season, the Terrapins advanced to the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 with a roster severely depleted because of injury. Maryland returns four of five starters and features a highly regard freshman class that includes point guard Lexie Brown, who was voted to the ACC’s newcomer watch list.

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