Terps’ Alyssa Thomas, Lexie Brown earn ACC honors


(Associated Press)

Two days after having her name and number unfurled on a banner in the rafters at Comcast Center, Maryland women’s basketball player Alyssa Thomas was selected first-team all-ACC for a third straight year.

The senior forward and reigning two-time ACC player of the year finished the regular season leading the Terrapins in points (18.7), rebounds (10.8) and assists (4.3). Thomas is the only player in the ACC in top four in each of those categories and is a top contender to win a third ACC player of the year when that award is announced Wednesday.

Teammate Lexie Brown, meanwhile, was named to the all-freshman team. In becoming the starting point guard after four games, the daughter of former NBA dunk champion Dee Brown averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 assists and is the 14th player in Coach Brenda Frese’s 12 seasons to be named to the all-freshman team.

Ninth-ranked Maryland (24-5) is the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament that begins Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. The Terrapins, who have won a record 10 ACC tournament titles, earned a double bye and will play the fourth and final game of the quarterfinals Friday night.

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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