After a record-setting career at the University of Maryland, the next chapter in the basketball life of former Lady Terrapins star forward Alyssa Thomas has begun.
After setting the all-time scoring mark for both men’s and women’s basketball in College Park, Thomas was selected by the New York Liberty with the fourth overall pick in the WNBA draft on April 14. In a draft night trade, the Liberty sent Thomas to the Connecticut Sun in exchange for Tina Charles, who was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2012. The Sun also got center Kelsey Bone and New York’s first-round pick in next year’s draft as part of the trade. As a result, Thomas is teaming up with forward Chiney Ogwumike, who was the number one overall pick from Stanford University.
The Sun’s first game was against the Liberty on May 16. In her WNBA debut, Thomas had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes. So far this season, Thomas has appeared in nine games, and is averaging 8.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game. She’s shooting just over 44 percent from the floor and 69 percent from the free throw line. Her best performance so far was on May 30, when she scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 101-82 loss at the Chicago Sky.
Thomas will be coming back to the Washington, DC, area to play later this season. The Sun will be playing the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center on June 27, and again in an 11:30 matinee on July 23.