Alyssa Thomas was drafted 4th overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA draft Monday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Thomas was then traded to the Connecticut Sun minutes later in a blockbuster deal.
Thomas is the sixth Terrapin under head coach Brenda Frese to be a top ten draft pick.
“I’m just really excited and thrilled to be headed to Connecticut,” Thomas said. “I want to thank the Connecticut Sun head coach Anne Donovan and staff. I wouldn’t be here without Coach Frese and the great staff at Maryland, my family and my coaches and friends in Harrisburg. This is a dream come true and no words describe what it felt like to have my name called.”
Kristi Toliver’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Los Angeles Sparks over the Tulsa Shock on Tuesday night was a dramatic, exciting and memorable moment. Add it to a growing list for the fourth-year point guard. Toliver has become a load-carrier for the Sparks, who improved to 4-1 with the win to stay on the heels of unbeaten Minnesota in the Western Conference. And that is something of a new role for the former Maryland star, who had not quite found her WNBA footing before head coach Carol Ross arrived in Los Angeles this season and offered Toliver a chance at a fresh start. She has taken a lead role for the 2012 Sparks, who are looking to go from being a lottery team back to the WNBA playoffs and are off to a strong start. Through the first five games of the season, Toliver is averaging a career-best 20.0 points a game, averaging 34.0 minutes and shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. She currently ranks sixth in the WNBA in scoring and second in free throws made (21 of 24). from espn.com
The most improved player in the WNBA was left out out of the pool of USA players vying for inclusion on the International Squad. Where Are They Now has a good piece on this this week.
On the same day she was awarded the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award, former Maryland great Crystal Langhorne led the Washington Mystics with 18 points and 10 rebounds in her homecoming to Maryland, as the Mystics fell to the Indiana Fever, 88-79, Thursday evening at Comcast Center in the first game of their playoff series.
Marissa Coleman, Langhorne’s Maryland teammate from 2006-08, also put up big numbers in her return to Comcast Center, pouring in 16 points and eight rebounds for the Mystics, making a couple big 3-pointers late in the game.
Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman return to the Comcast Center Thursday night as their team, the Washington Mystic host Indiana in Game 1 of the WNBA playoffs.
Tickets are currently on sale to the general public online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-DC-HOOP-1. Parking in the Comcast Center lots will be available for $10 after 6 p.m. “Having Crystal and Marissa back on the court where their names and numbers became legendary is great. It is our pleasure to open our doors to the Mystics and their terrific fans. They’ve had a fun season to follow,” Maryland head women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese said. “We hope they see why we think Comcast Center is the best basketball facility in the country. We also encourage as many of our fans as possible to come out and make it a real home-court advantage.”