@ACCWBB: Three Named to USBWA’s All-America Team


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Loyd, McBride and Thomas each earn All-America honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. –Three Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes have been selected to the 2013-14 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Women’s All-America Team, as announced today by the USBWA.

Notre Dame senior guard Kayla McBride and sophomore guard Jewell Loyd, and Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas are among the 10-woman team. All three are also finalists for the Wooden Award and Wade Trophy.

Thomas, a three time ACC Player of the Year as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel, is one of five repeat honorees. Thomas leads the Terrapins in scoring with 19.1 points per game and in rebounding with 11.0 rebounds per game and averaged 4.3 assists per game. In the NCAA First Round, she scored 13 points to surpass Juan Dixon as Maryland’s all-time overall leading scorer (women’s or men’s). She currently has 2,320 career points and scored a career-high 33 in the Terps’ 73-62 win over top-seeded Tennessee on Sunday.

McBride, the ACC Player of the Year as selected by the head coaches, has started all 35 games for Notre Dame this season, registering career highs of 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game with a 1.93 assist/turnover ratio, while posting a team-high 12 20-point games.

The reigning USBWA National Freshman of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP, Loyd has started 33 games this season (she missed one due to injury), averaging career highs of 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game with five double-doubles.

Notre Dame’s two selections mark the first time in program history two Fighting Irish players have named to the USBWA All-America Team.

Notre Dame and Maryland will both be playing in NCAA Championship Regional Final games. The Fighting Irish host Baylor in the Notre Dame Regional Final tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Terps will play Louisville in the Louisville Regional Final on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. Both games will air live on ESPN.