North Carolina's Italee Lucas And Maryland's Alyssa Thomas Earn ACC Women's Basketball Weekly Accolades

Nov. 29, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina senior guard Italee Lucas and Maryland freshman forward Alyssa Thomas earned Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week honors for the period ending Nov. 28.

The weekly award marks the first-ever for both Lucas and Thomas.

Lucas claimed Most Valuable Player honors at the 2010 Rainbow Wahine Showdown after leading North Carolina to a trio of victories. The senior from Las Vegas, Nev., had a game-high 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in the quarterfinal win over Washington State, and then posted a new season-high 25 points to go with three assists in the semifinal win over Illinois. Lucas secured the MVP honors when she registered 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the title game win over Hawaii. Lucas had 14 assists against just six turnovers in the three games on the week and shot 52 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point land and 88 percent from the foul line.

Thomas, a newcomer from Harrisburg, Pa., averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of Maryland wins that earned the team the Eighth Annual East Carolina Thanksgiving Tournament title. Thomas, who has started every game in 2010 thus far for the Terps, shot 56.5 percent from the field en route to Tournament MVP honors. In addition, she dished seven assists and led the Terrapins in scoring against Massachusetts.

ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight as Miami will play host to Southern on Monday at 7 p.m. at the BankUnited Center