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March 1, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Maryland sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas and Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie were named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
Thomas, who is only the second underclassman to claim ACC Player of the Year honors, led the Terrapins in scoring (17.0 ppg) and steals (50) and was second on the team in rebounds (8.2 rbg) and assists (90). She ranked among league leaders in scoring (1st), free throw percentage (4th, .831), rebounding (5th) and assist/turnover ratio (8th, 1.3). The 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year has scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games this season. The first-team All ACC selection also notched eight double-doubles.
McCallie garners ACC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in three years after guiding Duke to a 24-4 overall record and 15-1 mark in the ACC. In her fifth year as head coach of the Blue Devils, she has led Duke to the ACC championship each of the last two years. The Blue Devils enter this week's ACC Women's Basketball Tournament as the top seed. McCallie, who owns a 454-178 career record in 20 years, has earned coach of the year honors in four different conferences (ACC, North Atlantic Conference, America East Conference and Big Ten).
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