Ex-Terp Thomas earns honor from Atlantic Coast Sports Media

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. "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."

The WNBA's New York Liberty drafted Thomas fourth overall April 14.

"It's quite an honor to be named ACC Female Athlete of the Year," Thomas said in the news release. "I was grateful to be athlete of the year in my sport and this is just amazing. I want to thank everyone at Maryland for helping me get better and better all four years. They helped me achieve some of my biggest goals, and I couldn't be more proud to be a Terp."


In the opening round of this year's NCAA tournament, Thomas passed Juan Dixon as Maryland's all-time leading basketball scorer (male or female). She ended her career with 2,356 career points and as the school's leading career rebounder with 1,235.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was named the ACSMA's Male Athlete of the Year.


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