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Sports Digest | March 28, 2014
Colleges Terps ' Alyssa Thomas is Wade Trophy finalist Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was named one of 12 finalists for the Wade Trophy, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding Division I women's basketball player. This is the second straight year Thomas has been named a finalist for the award. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Thomas was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive year earlier this month.
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Sports Digest | August 29, 2014
WNBA Ex-Terp Thomas makes WNBA All-Rookie team Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (Maryland), who ranked fourth among WNBA rookies in scoring (10.0 ppg), second in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and eighth in assists (1.5 apg), made the league's All-Rookie team. She received seven votes. Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike , Tulsa Shock guard Odyssey Sims and San Antonio Stars guard-forward Kayla McBride received 11 votes each, and Washington Mystics guard Bria Hartley got nine.
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By Paul Tierney, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Former Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas was anxious. She arrived in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday alone in preparation for the WNBA draft. Her family arrived at 2 a.m. Monday after a four-and-a-half hour car ride, joining their daughter for the final moments of her journey to the professional ranks. As Thomas sat in the draft room, her fate was completely out of her hands. But she didn't have to feel that way for long. Only three picks came and went before WNBA president Laurel Richie announced Thomas' name as the fourth overall selection to the New York Liberty.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Former Maryland basketball star Alyssa Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Female Athlete of the Year on Friday, as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Thomas, a 6-foot-2 forward from Harrisburg, Pa., had already been named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. She has been a Women's Basketball Coaches Association  All-American each of the past three seasons, and helped lead the Terps to the Final Four this year by averaging 19 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. She led the nation with four triple doubles this season and is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more in her career.  "What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said in a news release.
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By Gene Wang, The Washington Post | March 2, 2014
With Alyssa Thomas chasing two of the most revered records in Maryland women's basketball history and less than a week from the senior's final regular-season home game, Terps coach Brenda Frese couldn't resist a little ruse at the expense of the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. Frese brought Thomas to the floor of Comcast Center after a practice last week, saying the two needed to discuss an issue. The mysterious directive led Thomas to believe her coach was a tad cross.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
Maryland women's basketball star Alyssa Thomas has been named to the U.S. women's national team's 33-player pool for the 2014 world championships and 2016 Olympics. The two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year attended a U.S. minicamp in Las Vegas in October and is one of just six current college players chosen for the 2014-16 pool. (The others are UConn's Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart, Notre Dame's Kayla McBride and Baylor's Odyssey Sims.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Tina Klotzbeecher-Thomas practically had to shove a basketball into the hands of her young daughter, Alyssa. "Oh, she threw a hissy fit, kicking, screaming crying," recalls the mother, thinking back on her daughter's reluctance to give up soccer for the sport she'd one day master. Alyssa Thomas didn't like being thrust into new, uncomfortable situations. As late as an overnight recruiting visit to Maryland when she was a teenager, she clung to her parents rather than bunk with future teammates.
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By Gene Wang and The Washington Post | February 3, 2013
Maryland junior Alyssa Thomas could not have been more pleased when her younger brother, Devin, scored a career-high 25 points last week for Wake Forest in an upset of then-No. 18 North Carolina State. What's more, Devin went on to be named ACC Rookie of the Week, an award Alyssa won a program record seven times on the way to winning conference Rookie of the Year in 2010-11. Alyssa even sent a text message to Devin congratulating the 6-foot-9 forward on his performance against the Wolfpack, which also featured team highs of 14 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals.
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By Gene Wang, The Washington Post | March 3, 2014
Roughly an hour and a half before tip-off Sunday afternoon, fans began arriving on foot, in cars and by the busload at Comcast Center. They came expecting to see senior Alyssa Thomas make a run at the all-time scoring record in Maryland women's basketball history. The opponent - Virginia Tech, in this case - was mostly incidental on the way to Thomas' potential coronation on Senior Day, which included a pregame ceremony recognizing her and four other classmates. Using an all-senior starting lineup for the first time this season, the ninth-ranked Terps made quick work of their ACC border rival, 87-48.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - It was a test Maryland had not cared to take: Could the Terps advance in the NCAA tournament against physically intimidating Texas on a night when star forward Alyssa Thomas - playing the final home game of her career - could not muster a field goal in the first half?  But there the fourth-seeded Terps were, tied at halftime with the fifth-seeded Longhorns with Thomas having missed all five of her field-goal attempts and both of her foul shots. Aided by her "supporting cast," the Terps hung in until Thomas found her game in the second half - she finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds  -- and Maryland earned a rugged, 69-64 victory.
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By Paul Tierney, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Former Maryland forward Alyssa Thomas was anxious. She arrived in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday alone in preparation for the WNBA draft. Her family arrived at 2 a.m. Monday after a four-and-a-half hour car ride, joining their daughter for the final moments of her journey to the professional ranks. As Thomas sat in the draft room, her fate was completely out of her hands. But she didn't have to feel that way for long. Only three picks came and went before WNBA president Laurel Richie announced Thomas' name as the fourth overall selection to the New York Liberty.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --This is what Maryland kept desperately hoping to defer - that moment when its memorable, overachieving season would crash to an end, and senior star Alyssa Thomas would walk off the court for the final time in her college career. The Terps made it all the way to the bright lights, pep rallies and glitz of the Final Four before encountering an undefeated Notre Dame team that stunned them with its rebounding in an 87-61 victory, sending the Fighting Irish (37-0) into Tuesday's national championship.
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By Colin Campbell and Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
Former Terps women's basketball players Marissa Coleman and Kim Rodgers sat quietly at a table in Looney's Bar and Pub on Route 1 in College Park as Sunday's Final Four game came to an end. Maryland lost, 87-61, to undefeated Notre Dame at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Sunday, ending an inspired run to the national semifinal. The Fighting Irish (37-0) dominated the Terps (28-7) and led by 17 at halftime, en route to their third championship appearance in four years. It was a sad ending for the fans - those in Maryland and others who watched in Tennessee.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
COLLEGE PARK — Brenda Frese will be the first to tell you she sometimes trampled through life, so intent on the goals ahead that she didn't necessarily worry about the bruised feelings left in her wake. If she wanted something, she took it, a brash style she used to transform the Maryland women's basketball program from losers to national champs in a mere four years. She was 35 then and couldn't have imagined she would need eight years to steer the Terps back to the Final Four.
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April 3, 2014
Thank you for that wonderful editorial about our University of Maryland women's basketball treasure, Alyssa Thomas and the team ( "Remember her name," April 1). As an alumnus and season ticket holder, I have always wondered at the lack of coverage (one never sees the weekly rankings of the women's team, despite our local team usually ranked in the top 10) and the lack of fan support. Season tickets are a bargain and the quality of play is top notch. If you were not at Comcast Center you missed a chance to watch the Terps almost beat Notre Dame and Connecticut this season.
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April 3, 2014
Thank you for your editorial comments about Maryland women's basketball and their incomparable star, Alyssa Thomas ( "Remember her name," April 1). I know her and have seen nearly all of her home games. You ask the question about why Ms. Thomas is not better known, and I suggest you look to your own sports section for the answer. The Sun seems to have no problem giving heavy coverage to the mediocre Maryland men's program but can't be bothered to cover the women's team directly.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- His 13th-seeded Army team led Maryland by three points midway through Sunday's first half, but coach Dave Magarity was like a man anxiously awaiting a flood. During a timeout, Magarity told his players to brace themselves for the deluge he feared was coming from the taller, stronger Terps, who seemed jittery at the outset of the NCAA tournament first-round game. “They're going to be upset,” the coach recalled telling the Black Knights. Magarity's instincts proved correct.
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Staff reports | March 30, 2014
Terps women get career-high 33 points from Alyssa Thomas to defeat top seed Tennessee to advance to Elite Eight. Maryland women's 73-62 win advances them to Tuesday night Elite Eight matchup with winner of Louisville-LSU in Louisville. Thomas on a roll.
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By Gene Wang and The Washington Post | April 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Among the many accomplishments in the decorated career of Maryland women's basketball player Alyssa Thomas, the Final Four had been elusive for the school's career scoring leader until Tuesday night. Only hours after being named first-team All-American for a second time, the senior forward scored a team-high 22 points with a game-high 13 rebounds and made a critical foul shot in the closing seconds to help the No. 4 seed in the Louisville Region secure a 76-73 victory over No. 3 seed Louisville in the NCAA tournament's round of eight in front of an announced 14,002 at KFC Yum Center.
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Sports Digest | April 1, 2014
College basketball Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was named Monday to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-America Team for the third straight season. The Harrisburg, Pa., native was honored as an All-American in her sophomore and junior seasons. Thomas is Maryland's all-time leading scorer among both men and women. She leads the Terps this season in scoring (19.1 points per game), rebounds (11.0 per game), steals (50) and assists (140). Her 64 doubledoubles are a program record, and she leads the NCAA in triple doubles this season, with four.
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