Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas named all-American


(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

LOUISVILLE — Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was named a first-team all-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday, marking the second time that the school’s career scoring leader, men or women, has been so honored. Thomas also was voted to the first team as a sophomore in 2012.

Thomas leads the Terrapins in points (19.1 per game), rebounding (11), assists (4.2) and steals (1.5) and became the third player in ACC history to win conference player of the year three times, joining Duke’s Alana Beard. She’s also one of four players in NCAA history with at least six career triple-doubles, including four this season.

Thomas is coming off a career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds in a 73-62 victory over top-seeded Tennessee in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16. The fourth-seeded Terrapins play No. 3 seed Louisville on Tuesday night in the Louisville Region final at KFC Yum! Center for a berth in the Final Four next week in Nashville.

Maryland is making its second appearance in the round of eight in three seasons. The Terrapins advanced to the region final in 2011-12 by beating Texas A&M, then the reigning national champions, before losing to Notre Dame in the Raleigh Region.

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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