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Alyssa Thomas named first-team all-American

Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas was selected first-team all-American on Tuesday by the Associated Press, marking the first time in school history a sophomore has received that recognition.

Thomas was named ACC player of the year shortly before the start of the conference tournament, then was named the tournament’s most outstanding player in leading the Terrapins to their record 10th championship.

Thomas scored a career-high 29 points in the ACC final, a 68-65 win against Georgia Tech.

Even before that game, Thomas had become Maryland’s most indispensable player this season after turning in one clutch play after another.

During a regular season game against Duke, Thomas blocked a shot at the buzzer to preserve a 63-61 victory at Comcast Center. Earlier in the season, Thomas scored the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds to help Maryland erase a 20-point deficit to beat the Yellow Jackets, 77-74.

Thomas, who leads the ACC in scoring at 17.2 points per game, is the Terrapins’ fourth AP all-American. Kristi Toliver is the only other Maryland player to be named first team when she was so honored as a senior.

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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