Thomas Earns Ninth ACC Weekly Honor

Terrapin sophomore Alyssa Thomas named Player of the Week.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sophomore Alyssa Thomas of the fifth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Week the league announced Monday.

Thomas averaged 17.0 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game last week, as she helped lead Maryland to another Terrapin Classic Championship and a win over No. 19 Delaware. The 2010 ACC Rookie of the Year's performance also earned her the Tournament MVP honor.

Thomas shot 57.7 percent from the field and nailed a three-pointer vs. the Blue Hens for 23 points. Between the two games, the Harrisburg, Pa., native dished six assists, while committing just two turnovers.

This is Thomas' ninth career weekly honor from the league. She earned seven Rookie of the Week nods last season and was named Player of the Week earlier this season on Nov. 14.

Maryland opens ACC play with a 7 p.m. game Monday night at Florida State. The Terps (13-0) and the Seminoles (8-6) will play at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. Maryland will look for its 14th straight win. This is the Terrapins' best start since they opened the 2006-07 season with an 18-0 record.

Maryland went 9-5 in ACC play last season and finished fourth in the league. Florida State went 11-3 in league games last year and ended up second in the conference.

Maryland owns the all-time record over Florida State, 23-14, but the Seminoles have taken the last two meetings. Most recently, the Noles beat the Terps, 71-66 in Tallahassee on Feb. 20, 2011.

The Terrapins will return home on Friday, Jan. 6 for an 8:30 p.m. game vs. Georgia Tech (10-3). The Terps will be teaming with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Team Tyler Foundation at that game for Leukemia Awareness Night.

The Terrapins invite survivors and their families to come to the game for free. To register for free tickets, please email with your full name, the name of the survivor, and the number of tickets you would like to request. Tickets will be placed at will-call under the survivor's name for pick up on the day of the game. For more information on Leukemia Awareness Night, log on to

The Terps-Georgia Tech game will be shown on RSN, which includes Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Florida/Sun Sports, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and New England Sports Network (NESN). Please check your local listings for more information.

Friday's game will also be broadcast live on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network and can be heard on WJZ 1300 AM, ESPN 980 AM, WWXT 92.7 FM, WWXX 94.3 FM.

Maryland is ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press rankings and the ESPN/USA Today Division I Top 25 Coaches' poll.

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