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Jan. 9, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Maryland sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas and Duke freshman center Elizabeth Williams earned 2011-12 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, for the week ending Sunday, Jan. 8.
Thomas averaged 23.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, and shot 40.7 percent from the field and 85.0 percent from the foul line as the sophomore led the Terrapins to three wins in their first three ACC games of the season. The sophomore from Harrisburg, Pa., scored at least 21 points in each of the team’s wins and had her second and third double-doubles on the season. At Florida State, her 21 points made the difference in Maryland’s 91-70 win. Against Georgia Tech, she helped her Terps’ come back from a 20-point deficit with 17:39 to play. In addition, she scored 18 of her eventual 24 points in that game in the second half and went on a 9-0 run to dig the team out of their hole. Thomas was a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line as well. She hit the game-winning shot - a jumper from the foul line with 17.0 seconds left to play - drew the foul and made the free throw for a 76-74 Terps lead. At North Carolina, Thomas again scored 24 points. With three seconds to play, and the Terrapins down by two, they inbounded to her and she took it along the baseline to lay in the reverse layup for the tying score. Maryland went on to win 78-72 in overtime.
Williams registered just the fifth triple-double in school history and became just the 15th player in ACC history to collect a triple-double in a win against Wake Forest. The rookie from Virginia Beach, Va., posted only the second triple-double in ACC history with blocks as one of the categories and became the first freshman in ACC history to notch a triple-double. Williams collected an ACC-record 12 blocks, which is good for fifth place on the NCAA single-game blocks list. For the triple-double, Williams had 18 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. She also dished four assists and had one steal in 33 minutes to help lead Duke to a 76-58 victory. For the week, Williams averaged 11.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 7.0 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in leading Duke to three victories. The newcomer hit 46.2 percent of her field goals. For the season, she has already moved into second place on Duke’s single-season freshman blocks list with 56 blocks, while ranking ninth on the ACC charts. Against Virginia, Williams dealt with foul trouble, but still notched eight points, four blocks, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist in 24 minutes. In only 23 minutes against NC State, Williams totaled nine points, seven rebounds, five blocks, one assist and one steal.
ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as Georgia Tech welcomes league foe Miami for a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be shown on ESPN3.