Alyssa Thomas

Alyssa Thomas (born April 12, 1992) is an American professional women's basketball forward for the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is also the University of Maryland's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and double-doubles for both the women's and men's programs, and one of only three athletes in NCAAW history with six career triple-doubles.[1] Thomas was drafted in 2014 by the New York Liberty[2] and, along with Kelsey Bone and a 2015 first-round draft pick, traded to Connecticut for Tina Charles.

Alyssa Thomas
Alyssa Thomas
No. 25 – Connecticut Sun
PositionPower forward
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
BornApril 12, 1992 (age 27)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolCentral Dauphin
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
CollegeMaryland (2010–2014)
WNBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the New York Liberty
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–presentConnecticut Sun
2014–2015Bucheon KEB Hana Bank
2015–2016Yakin Dogu
2016–2018Yongin Samsung Blueminx
2018–presentUSK Praha
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Early years

Thomas attended Central Dauphin High School in Pennsylvania and became the school's all-time leading scorer. She was named to the 2010 Parade All-American First Team,[1] and was named a unanimous 2010 ESPN and USA Today All-American.[1] She was selected as the 2010 Pennsylvania AAAA State Player of the Year.[1]

College career

In her freshman season, Thomas was named 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-ACC Second Team. She led her team in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game, as well as 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.[1]

Thomas came to national attention in her sophomore season (2011-2012). After leading the ACC in scoring at 17.2 points per game,[3] she was named the 2012 ACC Player of the Year and an AP, WBCA and USBWA First Team All-American. She led the Maryland Terrapins to the 2012 ACC Championship, scoring 29 points in the championship game against Georgia Tech and earning ACC Tournament MVP honors. The Terrapins went on to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, falling to Notre Dame in their final game of the 2011-2012 season.[1]

In her junior year, Thomas became the first person in NCAA or WNBA history to average over 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for an entire season.[4] She won ACC Player of the Year for a second time and led the injury-addled Terrapins to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.[1]

Thomas capped her collegiate career by earning 2014 ACC Player of the Year for a third straight season, in addition to AP, WBCA and USBWA First-Team All America honors. She led a young Terrapins squad on a deep run through the NCAA Tournament, scoring a career-high 33 points against the Tennessee Lady Vols in the Sweet Sixteen en route to reaching the 2014 Final Four in Nashville. The Terrapins were defeated by Notre Dame in the Final Four match-up.[1] On June 27, 2014, Thomas was named ACC Female Athlete of the Year.[5]

The University of Maryland honored Thomas's jersey in a ceremony on March 2, 2014.[6]

Maryland statistics

Source[7]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010-11 Maryland 31 450 48.0 - 73.0 7.3 1.6 2.1 0.2 14.5
2011-12 Maryland 35 601 46.2 25.9 80.0 8.0 3.2 1.6 0.4 17.2
2012-13 Maryland 34 640 45.2 42.9 76.5 10.3 5.3 1.8 0.8 18.8
2013-14 Maryland 35 665 51.3 24.0 79.7 10.9 4.1 1.5 0.4 19.0
Career Maryland 135 2356 47.6 26.8 77.4 9.1 3.6 1.8 0.4 17.5

Professional career

WNBA

Thomas was drafted 4th overall by the Connecticut Sun in the 2014 WNBA draft. In her rookie season, she averaged 10.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in her with the Sun in 34 games with 28 starts.[8] She was named to the 2014 WNBA All-Rookie Team.[9]

After her rookie season, Thomas would continue her role as starting power forward for the Sun. In 2017, Thomas would emerge as an all-star in the league. She scored a career-high 26 points in an 86-76 win over the Washington Mystics.[10] She would then be voted into the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, making it her first career all-star game appearance. Thomas would finish off the season setting new career-highs in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as the Sun made the playoffs as the number 4 seed with a 21-13 record, receiving a bye to the second round, making it their first playoff appearance since 2012. In her first career playoff game, Thomas scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in an 88-83 loss to the Phoenix Mercury.

In February 2018, Thomas re-signed with the Sun to a multi-year deal in free agency.[11] On August 9, 2018, Thomas scored a season-high 22 points in a 101-92 victory over the Dallas WIngs to help the Sun clinch a playoff spot.[12] The Sun finished 21-13 with the number 4 seed and a bye to the second round. The Sun would yet again lose to the Phoenix Mercury in the secound round elimination game by a final score of 96-86.

Overseas

In 2014-2015, Thomas played in South Korea for Bucheon KEB Hana Bank. She led the league in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.[13] In 2015-2016, Thomas signed in Turkey for Yakin Dogu. In the 2016-17 offseason, Thomas signed with Yongin Samsung Blueminx of the Korean League. In 2017, Thomas resigned with Yongin Samsung Blueminx for the 2017-18 off-season.[14] In 2018, Thomas signed with USK Praha of the Czech League for the 2018-19 off-season.

WNBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high League leader

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2014 Connecticut 34 28 27.3 .434 .200 .757 5.1 1.5 1.0 0.2 1.7 10.0
2015 Connecticut 24 23 26.0 .411 .000 .692 5.3 1.4 1.2 0.2 1.7 8.8
2016 Connecticut 31 31 27.1 .487 .000 .634 6.0 2.3 1.4 0.1 2.4 11.1
2017 Connecticut 33 33 29.8 .509 .000 .567 6.8 4.5 1.5 0.3 2.9 14.8
2018 Connecticut 24 24 30.6 .464 .000 .547 8.1 4.2 1.1 0.4 2.0 10.3
Career 5 years, 1 team 146 139 28.1 .468 .111 .632 6.2 2.8 1.3 0.2 2.2 11.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2017 Connecticut 1 1 32.5 .667 .000 .667 10.0 1.0 2.0 0.0 6.0 20.0
2018 Connecticut 1 1 34.7 .538 .000 1.000 3.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 17.0
Career 2 years, 1 team 2 2 33.6 .600 .000 .778 6.5 2.0 1.0 0.0 3.5 18.5

Personal life

Thomas is the older sister of former Wake Forest player Devin Thomas.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Maryland Profile". umterps.com.
  2. ^ "WNBA.com: Draft 2014". NBA.com.
  3. ^ "#25 Alyssa Thomas - Maryland (2013-14) - Women's Basketball State". wbbstate.com.
  4. ^ Todd Carton. "Maryland women's basketball: Alyssa Thomas named ACC Player of the Week". Testudo Times.
  5. ^ Atlantic Coast Conference. "Atlantic Coast Conference - Official Athletics Site". Atlantic Coast Conference - Official Athletics Site.
  6. ^ "Thomas to Have Jersey Honored at Senior Day". umterps.com.
  7. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  8. ^ "Abby Bishop". WNBA.
  9. ^ "Page not found - WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  10. ^ "Thomas scores 26 points, as Sun beat Mystics 86-76". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  11. ^ Connecticut Sun re-sign Alyssa Thomas to multi-year deal
  12. ^ Sun Clinch Playoff Berth With 101-92 Win Over Wings
  13. ^ "South Korean Basketball, News, Teams, Scores, Stats, Standings, Awards - asia-basket.com". www.eurobasket.com.
  14. ^ WNBA Players Playing Overseas
  15. ^ Barker, Jeff (February 17, 2014). "Wake Forest's Devin Thomas is more than just Alyssa's little brother". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

External links

2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament began March 17 and concluded April 3, 2012. The Final Four was played at Pepsi Center in Denver. For only the second time in history, and the first time since 1989, all four of the number one seeds made it to the Final Four. Baylor won its second national championship, defeating Notre Dame 80-61 in the championship game. They were the only team to win 40 straight games in a season until Connecticut matched it in 2014.

2012–13 NCAA Division I women's basketball season

The 2012–13 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November and ended with the Final Four in New Orleans, April 7–9.

2014 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament was the postseason women's basketball tournament for the Atlantic Coast Conference, held from March 5–9, 2014, in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum. This was the first ACC Tournament to include 15 teams, a result of the conference adding Syracuse, Pitt, and Notre Dame, and also the last to involve Maryland, which will leave the ACC in July 2014 to join the Big Ten Conference.

2014 Connecticut Sun season

The 2014 WNBA season is the 16th season for the Connecticut Sun franchise of the Women's National Basketball Association. It is their 12th in Connecticut. Following one of the worst seasons in team history, the Sun look to bounce back with a brand new team - filled with youth.

The Sun's offseason included trading disgruntled stars Tina Charles to the New York Liberty and Kara Lawson to the Washington Mystics. They also traded Sandrine Gruda to the Los Angeles Sparks for a 1st Round pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft. They brought back Katie Douglas, after she spent several season with the Indiana Fever. The Sun re-signed a few key players as well, pairing them with their high draft picks, setting up a potential exciting season.

2014 WNBA draft

The 2014 WNBA draft is the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league. The draft was held on April 14, 2014 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut at 8:00 pm EDT. The first round was shown on ESPN2 (HD), with the second and third rounds shown on ESPNU.

2014 WNBA season

The 2014 WNBA season was the 18th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. The season started in May and concluded in September to accommodate the 2014 Women's World Championship.

2017 Connecticut Sun season

The 2017 WNBA season will be the 19th season for the Connecticut Sun franchise of the WNBA. It will be the 15th season for the franchise in Connecticut. The season tips off on May 13. The Sun started the season slowly, posting a 1–5 record in May. However, they quickly turned this around going a combined 13–4 in June and July. A 7–2 record in August saw the Sun near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The Sun finished in second place in the East, just one game back of the New York Liberty after going 0–2 in their final games in September. The Sun earned the 4th seed in the WNBA Playoffs, and a bye into the second round. In the Second Round, they lost to the Phoenix Mercury.

2017 WNBA All-Star Game

The 2017 WNBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on July 22, 2017. The Seattle Storm hosted a WNBA All-Star Game for the first time. Starters for this year's All-Star game were selected by a combination of fan, media, and player voting. Fans accounted for 50% of the vote to determine the starters for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, while current players and a media panel accounted for 25% each. Maya Moore, of the Minnesota Lynx was the overall leader in votes with 32,866, with Elena Delle Donne, of the Washington Mystics, finishing in 2nd with 31,414 votes. The Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference with a 130-121 victory. Maya Moore was named MVP. Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky won the Three-Point Contest.

2017 WNBA season

The 2017 WNBA season was the 21st season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Its regular season began on May 13 with three games, highlighted by the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Seattle Storm. It concluded on September 3. The playoffs began on September 6, and concluded on October 4, with the Minnesota Lynx defeating the Sparks in five games to win their fourth WNBA title.It was the final season for the San Antonio Stars in the city that they had called home since 2003. After the season, parent company Spurs Sports & Entertainment sold the team to MGM Resorts International, which moved the team to Las Vegas. The former Stars now play as the Las Vegas Aces.

2018 Connecticut Sun season

The 2018 WNBA season is the 20th season for the Connecticut Sun franchise of the WNBA. It is also the 16th season for the franchise in Connecticut. The season tipped off on May 13.The Sun got off to a strong start, going 3–0 in May. All three wins were at home. In June, the Sun started strong, winning their first 4 of 5. However, they lost 5 of their next 7 games to finish 6–6 on the month. That skid included a 1–4 road trip, where all losses came 4 of eventual top 5 playoff teams. Their up and down season continued into July, where the Sun were 5–6. July started with another tough road trip where the Sun went 1–3. From there the Sun couldn't get a streak going; losing 2 then winning 2 then losing 2 again. The Sun surged in August posting a 7–1 record, including going 6–0 at home. Their only loss came on the road to Chicago. The Sun finished 21–13, which earned them the 4th seed in the 2018 WNBA Playoffs. Their playoff run fell short when they lost at home in the second round 86–96. This was the Sun's only playoff game, as they earned a first round bye.

ACC Athlete of the Year

The Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year award is given to the male and female athlete who show extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. The award is decided by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Brenda Frese

Brenda Sue Frese (born April 30, 1970) is an American women's basketball head coach and former player. Since 2002, she has served as the head coach of the University of Maryland women's basketball team. In her fourth year as head coach, she won the 2006 Women's National Championship. She won the 2009 ACC Regular Season and Tournament Championships – the women's first ACC Championship since 1989. She won another ACC Championship in 2012 and reached another Final Four in 2014. Maryland moved to the Big Ten for the 2014–15 season and Frese led the Terrapins to an undefeated 18–0 conference record and a Big Ten Regular Season Championship in their first year in the Big Ten. She was voted AP National Coach of the Year in 2002, ACC Coach of the Year in 2013, Big Ten Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2015, and MAC Coach of the Year in 2000. At Maryland, she's coached four ACC Players of the Year and four ACC Freshmen of the Year.

Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun are a professional women's basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut that competes in the Eastern Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Along with the Minnesota Lynx, the club was established in 1999 as part of the league's expansion from ten to twelve teams. The Miracle, the club's previous moniker, originated that year in Orlando, Florida, as the sister team to the NBA's Orlando Magic. Financial straits left the Miracle teetering on the brink of disbanding before the Mohegan Indian tribe purchased and relocated the team to Mohegan Sun, becoming the first Native American tribe to own a professional sports franchise. The derivative of the club's name comes from its affiliation with Mohegan Sun, while the team's logo is reflective of a modern interpretation of an ancient Mohegan symbol.

Capitalizing on the popularity of women's basketball in the state, as a result of the success of the UConn Huskies, the Sun also held the distinction of being the only WNBA franchise not to share its market with an NBA team from 2003 until the Seattle SuperSonics relocated, leaving the Storm as an independent team in Seattle.The Sun has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in eight of its fourteen years in Connecticut.

Connecticut Sun all-time roster

The following is a list of players, both past and current, who were under contract with the Connecticut Sun (and Orlando Miracle) in the WNBA during the regular season (not including pre-season).

List of Women's National Basketball Association players

The following is a list of Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) players.

List of Women's National Basketball Association season turnovers leaders

Statistics accurate as of March 9, 2019

New York Liberty

The New York Liberty are a professional basketball team based in the New York metropolitan area, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in 1997 and is one of the eight original franchises of the league. The team is owned by Joe Tsai. For 2018, home games are primarily played at Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, with occasional games at Madison Square Garden.

The Liberty have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in fourteen of its twenty years. The franchise has been home to many well-known players such as Teresa Weatherspoon, Becky Hammon, Leilani Mitchell, Essence Carson, and Cappie Pondexter. Through the 2016 season, the Liberty have four conference championships and have played in the WNBA Finals four times, falling to the Houston Comets in 1997, 1999, and 2000, and losing to the Los Angeles Sparks in 2002. They have the most appearances in the WNBA Finals without a championship.

United States women's national 3x3 team

The USA Women's 3x3 Teams are two of the teams under the auspices of the USA Basketball organization. In 2007, FIBA decided to start championships for the 3x3 event (also called three-on-three), starting in 2010. Two events are held, one for athletes under 18 years of age and one open event. The under 18 event (U18) is held every year, although in every fourth year, starting with 2010, the event is part of the Youth Olympic Games. The open events are held every other year, in even-numbered years, starting in 2012.

WNBA All-Rookie Team

The WNBA All-Rookie Team is an annual Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) honor given since the 2005 WNBA season to the top rookies during the regular season. Voting is conducted by the WNBA head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for players on their own team. Each coach selects five players. A player is given a point for every vote they receive. The top vote getters comprise the team, regardless of the positions they play. The All-Rookie Team is generally composed of a five-woman lineup, but in the case of a tie at the fifth position the roster is expanded.

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks was named to the All-Rookie Team and won the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season. This feat had never before been accomplished. In the NBA, only Wes Unseld has held this distinction.

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