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    Friday, March 01, 2024

    Sun star Alyssa Thomas named to All-WNBA first team

    Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas (25) in action as the Connecticut Sun played the Indiana Fever during a WNBA basketball game, Friday, May 19, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Mohegan — Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas was named to the All-WNBA first team, the league announced on Sunday. It’s the first time she was selected to the first team, being a second-team selection in 2022.

    Joining Thomas on the first team were Breanna Stewart of the New York Liberty, A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, Napheesa Collier of the Minnesota Lynx and Satou Sabally of the Dallas Wings. Stewart and Collier are former UConn stars.

    Thomas had the best season of her 10-year career. She was named a WNBA All-Star, WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month in June, WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week three times, Associated Press Player of the Week three times, WNBA All-Defensive first team and Associated Press All League first team.

    Thomas finished the regular season leading the league in rebounds per game (9.9), second in assists per game (7.9) and third in steals per game (1.8). She also finished second overall in the WNBA Most Valuable Player race (439), receiving the most first-place votes (23).

    Additionally, she became the WNBA’s all-time leader in regular season triple-doubles with eight. She recorded six triple-doubles during the 2023 regular season and also posted a triple-double in Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals, adding to a league-leading postseason total of three in her playoff career.

    Thomas moved into first all-time in rebounds, assists, games played, and free-throws made in franchise history. She also set a new WNBA single-season record for assists (316) and double-doubles (28), becoming the first player in WNBA history to record 600+ points, 300+ rebounds and 300+ assists in one season.

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