Maryland's Alyssa Thomas named ACC Player of the Year for third time

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland senior Alyssa Thomas has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year for the third consecutive time, the league announced Wednesday.

Thomas is just the second player in history to earn the award three times, joining former Duke star Alana Beard.

Maryland (24-5, 12-4 ACC) has had a player earn the honor in five of the past seven years. (Crystal Langhorne won in 2008 and Kristi Toliver in 2009. 

“This is amazing to be honored for the third time in a really tough conference,” Thomas said in a news release. “It’s an honor to be in the same company as the people and players I am. I'm just really proud to represent Maryland and want to thank my teammates and coaches over the years. No success comes without them.”

Thomas leads the Terps with 18.7 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game. She is 14 points shy of Langhorne’s program record of 2,247 heading into this week's ACC tournament. (The third-seeded Terps have received a double-bye into Friday's quarterfinals.)

“There are a lot of great players in the ACC,” Terps coach Brenda Frese said in the news release. “It’s amazing when you have a player win this honor once. Three times in a row, in what is one of the deepest, most competitive conferences is a testament to her place in history.”

For more on Thomas, read Childs Walker's profile from earlier this season.

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