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Maryland’s One-Two Punch carries Team to 86-61 Victory at BC

Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 30 points and notched 12 rebounds to lead No. 8 Maryland to an 86-61 win at Boston College Thursday. Tianna Hawkins grabbed her 1000th career rebound in the win.

Hawkins scored 15 points, Malina Howard has 11, and Alicia DeVaughn added 10 points and eight rebounds for Maryland (22-4, 13-2 ACC). Thomas notched her 16th double-double of the season, which leads the ACC.


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#8 Terps Lose To #15 Carolina 60-57 in Chapel Hill

The eighth-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team suffered through a cold-shooting second half Thursday and fell 60-57 at No. 15 North Carolina. Tianna Hawkins led with 23 points, 13 rebounds and Alyssa Thomas added 15 points, 16 boards.

The Terrapins led 35-29 at half, and shot 39.5 percent. To begin the second half, North Carolina jumped out to a 14-1 run and held the Terps bucket-less until Hawkins made a layup with just under 12 minutes to go. For the second half, the Terrapins (10-3, 1-1 ACC) shot just 23.5 percent, well under their season average of 48.4 percent. Nine of Thomas’ 15 points came in the final five minutes as the Terrapins pushed.

Strong efforts by Maryland’s 1-2 punch was negated by poor shooting from the rest of the team. Overall the Terps were 23-72 from the field for 31.9%. Next up #19 FSU on Sundat at 1:30 at Comcast.

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Alyssa Thomas Named to Pre Season All America Team

Junior forward Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team was named to the Associated Press Preseason All-American Team, released this week. The team was voted on by a panel of national media members.

Thomas led the ACC in scoring last year with 17.2 points per game and was named ACC Player of the Year. She was just the second sophomore to earn the league’s top individual honor. She finished the year among the best in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game, assists (3.2), free throw percentage (80.1) and defensive rebounds (5.5).

At the end of the 2011-12 season, she was named an AP First Team All-American, WBCA Division I Coaches’ All-American and a USBWA All-American. from umterps.com

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Alyssa Thomas Named to 1st Team All America

At least there was some good news last night!!!

Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of five players named to the Associated Press All-America First Team announced Tuesday.

Thomas, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year, is joined on the First Team by Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Nneka Ogwumike and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne.

Thomas is the Terrapins’ fourth AP All-American. Crystal Langhorne (2006, 2007, 2008),Kristi Toliver (2008, 2009) and Marissa Coleman (2009) all earned the honor at least once in their respective careers. 

SWEET SIXTEEN —Terps Move On After Hard Fought Win Over Louisvil...

Just a great college basketball game last night before an enthusiastic hoe crowd at Comcast. Alyssa Thomas was taken out of her comfort zone last night , but a strong 24 point effort by Laurin Mincy led the way for a crucial win.

 Laurin Mincy scored 24 points, Tianna Hawkins had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and second-seeded Maryland beat seventh-seeded Louisville 72-68 Monday night to reach the program’s 13th Sweet Sixteen.

The Terrapins trailed 64-59 with 6 minutes left before closing with a 13-4 run and limiting Louisville to only one field goal.

Maryland (30-4) will face the  defending champion Texas A&M  Sunday at noon or 2:30 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.

Early on when the Terps were trailing 6-0, Brenda inserted Kim Rodgers into the lineup. Immediately a confusing 3/4 zone press was beaten, the team settled down, and the Terps quickly got back into the game.  Shoni Schimmel , Louisville’s star player was certainly intriguing to watch. She fired up 25 shots, making only 8 but kept Louisville’s offense at a breakneck speed.
Opposing coach (and former Frese assistant Jeff Walz commented post game: “I’d first like to thank everyone here at Maryland. You guys have been great to me again, it’s been nice to come back and see all the friendly people from the support staff that I’ve known. I’d just like to congratulate Maryland. I thought that they came up with some loose ball plays at the end of the game that were big. Things we just knew that we had to come up with if we were going to have a chance to be in this game, they made those plays. It was a well-played game. I’d like to thank Becky Burke for a great four years. She’s the first one to survive four years of me, congratulations Becky. We just have an unbelievable group of 10 players that I’ve been fortunate enough to coach the last two months of this season. It’s a group that fought, and we continued to fight right until the end. There were plenty of times where we could have folded when their crowd got involved. They took a lead in the second half, but we just continued to fight. 
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Terps Pull away From Navy as Alyssa Thomas Leads the Charge

ACC POY Alyssa Thomas was just too strong for Navy to deal with as the Terps coasted to a 59-44 victory that was not as close as the final score indicated. Thomas finished with 17 points after a slow start in the first hald. Laurin Mincy finished with 14.

Maryland enjoyed a 46-33 rebound edge although Navy got inside for a few buckets in the 2nd half.

Next up in the round of 32 game for the Terps is the winner of the Michigan State — Louisville game.

Terps Struggle early But Comeback to take 31-23 Lead

There was a serious lid on the Terps basket in the first half. Repeatedly Maryland missed inside shots that were probably a sign of pressing. Height and talent prevailed as Senior Kim Rodgers fired in 2 threes to turn the tide. In the 2nd half I look for the Terps to settle down and pull away. Navy seems content to fire up the 3s as they are unable to penetrate the interior defense of Hawkins, Thomas and Kizer.

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There are 3 goals just about every ACC Team strives for–a regular Season ACC TITLE, a Championship ACC Title and a NCAA Title. Alyssa Thomas put the Terrapins on her back Sunday, scored 29 and was helped greatly by 2 late threes by Senior Kim Rodgers. The Terps begin their test for an NCAA Title on March 17 at Comcast.

 Alyssa Thomas scored a career-high 29 points and No. 6 Maryland beat No. 15 Georgia Tech 68-65 on Sunday to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship. Lynetta Kizer had 11 points and Kim Rodgers added 10 to help the third-seeded Terrapins (28-4) claim their 10th ACC tournament title and second in four years.

“Alyssa is by far the most competitive player I’ve ever coached and I’ve coached a lot of great players,” Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. “Her will to win – our team just wants to follow her lead, and she was sensational.”

Alyssa Thomas Named ACC Player Of the Year

 Maryland women’s basketball sophomore Alyssa Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford Thursday. The conference’s top individual honor is voted on by the league’s “Blue Ribbon Panel,” which consists of national and local media members, as well as school representatives.

Thomas, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., is just the second sophomore ever to be honored with the league’s top honor in its 29-year history. Duke’s Alana Beard won in 2002 as a sophomore. Beard and Thomas were both named ACC Rookie of the Year in their respective freshman seasons.

She is the fourth Terrapin to win the honor and the third in the last five years. Vicky Bullett won in 1989, Crystal Langhorne was honored in 2008 and Kristi Toliver won in 2009.

“First, I have to thank my teammates and our coaches. They push me every single day and we play hard for each other,” Thomas said. “This is such an honor because there’s so many great players in our league.”

#6 Terps Rout Carolina 84-64 at Comcast

Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 6 Maryland took control early in an 84-64 rout of North Carolina on Friday night.

Alicia DeVaughn scored 14 and Laurin Mincy had 13 for the Terrapins, who never trailed after yielding the game’s first point. Maryland went 8 for 10 from 3-point range and finished with a 49-32 rebounding advantage.

The victory pushed the Terrapins into a third-place tie with Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference, although Maryland (24-4, 11-4) gets the tiebreaker by virtue of its sweep of the Yellow Jackets. The top four teams receive a first-round bye in next week’s ACC tournament.

Lady's Basketball
#5 Terps Fall to #5 Duke 80-72

Alyssa Thomas tied her career-high 26 points, Tianna Hawkins added 17, and Lynetta Kizer had 12 in the second half, but No. 7 Maryland fell at No. 5 Duke, 80-72, Sunday afternoon. Thomas added 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. Anjale Barrett added seven assists with just one turnover for the Terrapins (18-2, 5-2 ACC).

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Alyssa Thomas Carries #5 Terps To Victory Over Carolina in Chapel Hill

She did it again!!! Down by 2 with 3 seconds left, Alyssa drove the bucket and made a difficult reverse layup to send the game into OT. The Terps dominated OT to win 78-72.Lynetta Kizer seems to be getting her game back scoring 10 with 6 rebounds. The Terps move to 16-0 and 3-0 in conference play.

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