Terps’ Alyssa Thomas named ACC player of year again


(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was named ACC player of the year on Wednesday, becoming the second player to claim the conference’s most prestigious individual award three times.

The two-time all-American joins Duke’s Alana Beard as three-time winners after each also was named ACC rookie of the year. Thomas is second all-time in scoring at Maryland and needs 14 points to pass Crystal Langhorne’s career total of 2,247 for first place. She also needs 63 rebounds to pass Langhorne for first all-time in that category.

“I think this year the league was extra competitive,” Thomas said. “You had phenomenal players. Just to be be able to get it my senior year just means that much more to me.”

Thomas leads the Terrapins in scoring (18.7), rebounding (10.8) and assists (4.3). She has scored in double figures in 28 of 29 games this year, all consecutive, and her 61 career double-doubles are a school record.

Thomas recorded an ACC-best 23 double-doubles this season and led the nation with four triple-doubles. She is one of three players in NCAA history with six or more triple-doubles and is one triple-double away from tying the NCAA career and season records.

Maryland recognized Thomas Sunday in her final regular season home game by unfurling a banner with her name and number from the rafters at Comcast Center. She becomes the ninth female player to be so honored in College Park.

“We couldn’t be happier for Alyssa, and I think she has more than earned this honor,” Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. “She’s so humble, she would be the first to credit her terrific teammates for helping her achieve this rare trifecta. When you think about what she does for us every time we play, it’s amazing. From the first time I saw her play, she has always passed one of the crucial tests for what great players are all about: She makes everyone around her better.”

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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