Thomas and McDaniel Earn ACC Weekly Honors

Dec. 3, 2012

ACC Players of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Maryland sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas and North Carolina freshman forward Xylina McDaniel have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced Monday afternoon by league officials and voted on by the Blue Ribbon Panel.

Thomas dominated both ends of the court to lead Maryland to a 90-71 victory at No. 21/20 Nebraska on Nov. 28 as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Thomas scored 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting, pulled down five rebounds, and added a career-high eight assists and six steals. The Terrapins are the lone undefeated team in the Challenge.

The weekly honor is Thomas’ first of the season and fifth of her career.

McDaniel averaged a double-double with 15 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Tar Heels. The native of Columbia, S.C., scored 11 points, including six in the final 3:17,  and grabbed eight rebounds in a 57-54 win over No. 15/17 Ohio State on Nov. 28. McDaniel followed that up with 19 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high six steals for her third double-double of the season in the loss at No. 16/15 Tennessee on Sunday.

The Rookie of the Week nod is McDaniel’s second of the season. She was last named ACC Rookie of the Week on November 12.

ACC women’s basketball action continues tonight with two games highlighted by No. 9/10 Maryland playing at No. 2/2 Connecticut as part of the Jimmy V Classic. The game will be televised on ESPN2.