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MM 9.1: Alyssa Thomas named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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After a pair of strong performances over the previous week, former Maryland women’s basketball forward Alyssa Thomas was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for the final week of August.

The Terps’ all-time leading scorer averaged 17.5 points, 10 rebounds, 5.5 assists and two steals per game for the Connecticut Sun, becoming the second member of her team to be named conference player of the week this season. It also marks the third time Thomas has been awarded conference player of the week, with this week’s honor being her first since the 2017 season.

Thomas continues to enjoy one of her best seasons as a pro, setting career highs in points per game (15.1), rebounds per game (9.0), and field goal percentage (51.4 percent) as her team sits in seventh place in the league standings, needing to finish in the top eight to qualify for the playoffs.

In other news

A handful of former Maryland student-athletes spoke with Testudo Times and penned their thoughts on the shooting of Jacob Blake and subsequent protests.

The Athletic learned Monday that the Big Ten presidents voted 11-3 to postpone the fall football season.

Maryland basketball offered its condolences following the death of longtime Georgetown coach John Thompson.

Maryland football put long snapper James Rosenberry on scholarship as the fall semester kicked off Monday.

Maryland lacrosse has maintained its standard of excellence throughout its history, and looks to continue that tradition of greatness into the next generation.

Maryland men’s soccer knelt in solidarity with its black players past and present, and with victims of racism and police brutality.