Thomas named ACC Female Athlete of the Year

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Former Maryland basketball standout Alyssa Thomas, who led the Terps to the Final Four this year, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s female athlete of the year Friday.

Considered one of the more decorated players in the program’s history, Thomas was named ACC player of the year for the third consecutive season earlier this spring.  Thomas averaged 19 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in her senior season, and led the country in triple-doubles and the ACC in double-doubles while helping the Terps win 28 games.

She has scored more points than any other Maryland male or female player (2,356 points), and left as the school’s all-time leading rebounder. She is also the first women’s basketball player to be named ACC Female Athlete of the Year. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, was named the conference’s male athlete of the year. The awards were voted up by the the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

“What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC,” Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said in a statement. “There were so many memorable games and highlights in her career that she demonstrated what it took to perform at the highest level each and every night.  She was a special player that impacted everyone.  She is a player that will be  remembered forever.”

Thomas, who is from Harrisburg, Pa., was taken fourth overall in April’s WNBA draft by the New York Liberty and later traded to the Connecticut Sun. She was in Washington on Friday night to face the Mystics.

“It’s a huge honor,” Thomas said before the game at Verizon Center. “I couldn’t be happier. It’s been a great four years at Maryland, and I just want to thank everyone that’s been a part of it.”

 

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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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