@ACCWBB: Alyssa Thomas Named to AP Preseason All-America Team


Duke’s Gray and Williams, and ND’s Achonwa and McBride also received votes

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Maryland senior Alyssa Thomas has been named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team announced Tuesday, while Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams, and Notre Dame’s Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride also received votes.

Thomas is joined on the Preseason All-America Team by Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Connecticut) and Breanna Stewart (Connecticut). Thomas was named an Associated Press All-American after both her sophomore and junior seasons. The forward was named a Preseason All-American last year as well.

Thomas was voted Preseason ACC Player of the Year by both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the league’s 15 head coaches last month. She was named ACC Player of the Year in both her sophomore and junior seasons. In 2012-13, Thomas led the ACC in points (18.0 per game), rebounds (10.3 per game) and assists (5.3 per game).

The 2013-14 regular season tips off on Nov. 8-10, with all 15 teams in action.