Lynx Draft Prospect Profiles


Natalie Achonwa

Class: Senior

Height: 6-3

Position: Forward

Hometown: Guelph, ONT

2013-14 (Senior)
- Ranked second in Notre Dame's overall FG% (.595)
- Second rank blocks for Notre Dame (31)
- Also, ranked third in points per game (14.1)
- Led Notre Dame in total rebounds (216)
2012-13 (Junior)
- AP Honorable Mention All-America
- WBCA Coaches' All-America Team (honorable mention)
- First-Team All-BIG EAST
- NCAA Norfolk Regional All-Tournament Team
- World Vision Classic All-Tournament Team

"Natalie Achonwa's biggest strength is her court awareness and ability to make plays for cutting teammates in Notre Dame's precision offense. As a scorer, her efficiency is a direct reflection of her ability to recognize opportunities to cut and find open space in the offense. Defensively, she's a physical player who controls the boards by getting excellent position even against bigger or more athletic players. The question is whether she'll be able to find a similar role in a pro offense and how effective she'll be defensively against bigger and quicker opponents in the WNBA."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"A talented post player who already has big game experience playing for Canada's national team in the Olympics and world championship."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Tiffany Bias

Class: Senior

Height: 5-6

Position: Guard

Hometown: Andover, KA

2013-14 (Senior)
- Leads OSU in points per game (14.2)
- Ranked first in FGA/G (12.5) and is second in FGM/G (4.9)
- Leads in free throw attempts per game (4.9)
- Ranked first in assists per game with (6.0)
2012-13 (Junior)
- Tabbed as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press
- Was named a second-team All-Big 12 pick for the second year in a row
- Was also named to the all-tournament team at the Surf `N Slam Classic
- Became the 20th Cowgirl to score 1,000 career points on Feb. 2 against Baylor

"A big part of being a successful point gaurd isn't just wanting to be the leader, but also not buckling when that weight gets heavy. Tiffany Bias has the natural personality to lead, and she accepts the responsibility. Her game has evolved and gotten sharper, and so have her leadership skills."

Mechelle Voepel, ESPN.com

"Tiffany Bias has been the engine that makes the Oklahoma State team go with her speed in transition, ability to set up teammates, and quickness to get by opposing defenders to earn free throw opportunities in the paint. She uses that quickness defensively to pester opposing point guards extremely effectively as a 5-foot-6 player. However, her struggles to score efficiently - whether finishing at the rim or hitting shots from beyond the three point line - are major weaknesses that could limit her effectiveness at the next level."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"A pass first guard who is the latest in the line of great players to come out of Oklahoma State. Picked up right where Andrea Riley left off."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Stefanie Dolson

Class: Senior

Height: 6-5

Position: Center

Hometown: Port Jervis, NY

2013-14 (Senior)
- Led for most UConn rebounds (313)
- Also, ranked third in UConn's FG% (.561)
- Third most team blocks (76)
2012-13 (Junior)
- WBCA/State Farm All-America Team selection
- Third on the team with 13.6 ppg and leading with 7.1 rpg
- Earned a spot on USBWA All-America Team and the AP All-America Third Team
- Named to the 2012-13 All-BIG EAST First Team

One of 10 finalists for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award, Dolson has been selected to the Wooden Award, Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy Watch Lists ... Posted UConn's first triple-double since 1989 with a 26-point, 14-rebound, 11 assist effort on November 20 against Oregon ... Honored as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on November 25 ... Poised to become only the fourth Husky all-time to score at least 1,000 points and haul in at least 1,000 rebounds.

"When she was a freshman I did not recruit her for her rebounding. I did not know how many rebounds she would get because she didn't strike me as a great rebounder her freshman year. It has taken awhile for her to understand, to go get the ball, and I am really proud of her because that was not one of her strengths coming out of high school. She has worked really hard on it. She deserves to be in that group. She is so unselfish and does so many things for so many people. It is good for her to be recognized like that with some of the all-time greats that we have had here."

Geno on Stefanie Dolson

"Stefanie Dolson is proficient at so many things that it's hard to know where to begin, but her ability to run an offense from the high post - as both a distributor and screener - is impressive when trying to project a WNBA role for her. Yet her biggest strength is the hardest to quantify: her defense. Put aside her impressive shot blocking and rebounding ability and consider that she plays 30 minutes per game anchoring the middle of a defense that holds opponents to a nation-leading 32.1% shooting from inside the three point arc. She might not become an instant star, but she'll almost certainly be an impact player defensively."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"Best passing center in the game who also has a nice touch from 15-feet. The greatest improvement she's made over past four years is her fitness level and will be a huge asset to any team she joins."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Markeisha Gatling

Class: Senior

Height: 6-5

Position: Center

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

2013-14 (Senior)
- Currently leads in points per game (17.6)
- She leads the NC State FG% (6.76)
- Also, leads on field goals made per game (7.3)
- Ranked third for NC State FT% (.746)
- NC State rebound per game leader (7.1)
- Blocked shots per game leader for NC State (1.1)
- Leads free throw attempts per game (3.9)

A powerful post player with the soft hands of a wide receiver, Markeisha Gatling has been the key to one of the most successful seasons in NC State's program history. The senior is having an incredible final season for the Wolfpack, averaging 17.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Gatling has consistently been shooting right around 68 percent throughout most of the season and has had the highest shooting percentage in the entire country since Dec. 22, 2013. Named to both the Wade Trophy watch list and the Naismith Midseason Top 30, Gatling has scored in double figures 29 straight times and has reached 20+ points on 13 occasions heading into the team's appearance at the 2014 ACC Tournament. .

"We said from day one that as Keisha (Markeisha) Gatling goes, this team will go. She's really stepped up and I think she is one of the top players in the country. It's a great honor to be included in this group. She is very deserving of this. She has carried us in several situations and has played a big, big part in the success this team has enjoyed. I couldn't be happier for her. She has all the attributes and talent in the world to be a pro player."

Head coach Wes Moore

"Gatling was somewhat quietly the best post scorer not only in the senior class or ACC but the entire nation this season as she led a surprisingly good N.C. State team to the upper tier of the ACC. She does an outstanding job using her 6-foot-5 frame to establish position and is relatively automatic if she catches the ball in the low post. Her challenge as a pro might be that she's not known for her face-up game and her power alone might not be enough in the more physical WNBA; defensively, keeping up with the quickness of the world's elite posts might be challenging as she is somewhat foul prone even against college opponents."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"Has really improved this season and could be a similar type player to Danielle Adams."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Chelsea Gray

Class: Senior

Height: 5-11

Position: Guard

Hometown: Manteca, CA

2013-14 (Senior)
- Was averaging 10.8 points per game
- Topping an ACC-best with 7.2 assists per game
- Also, averaging 4.2 rebounds per game
- Another ACC-best was broken with averaging 2.9 steals per game
2012-13 (Junior)
- WBCA Coaches All-America and AP Second Team All-America
- Full Court Third Team All-America
- WBCA Region II Nominee for All-America

Chelsea Gray had her career come to an end on Jan. 12 against Boston College as she suffered a fractured kneecap. Gray, who is a two-time First Team All-ACC selection out of Manteca, Calif., was one of the most dynamic point guards in the nation, Gray accumulated 1,210 points, 545 assists and 478 rebounds as she started 93-of-109 career games. The 5-11 playmaker was a 2013 WBCA Coaches All-America, 2013 ACC Co-Player of the Year and 2012 USBWA All-America selection. She closed her career ranking second on Duke's all-time assist list (545) and third on the steals chart (298). On the ACC career lists, Gray ranks tied 16th in assists and 19th in steals.

"As sad as it was to see Chelsea Gray's career cut short by injuries in her final two seasons, the fact that she was as efficient and productive as she was in her 17 this season while clearly playing at less than 100% is quite remarkable. Having averaged 7.2 assists per game in her all-too-brief time this season, she proved that she was the best distributor in the nation with the size to make plays for herself in traffic when healthy. We don't even know how good Gray could've been this season at 100%, which makes it hard to project how good she can be as a pro. But what should be obvious is that she has enormous upside if she can get the proper treatment."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"Immensely talented guard who has the skills to excel at the next level. Has had last two seasons cut short by injury causing concern on her durability."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Bria Hartley

Class: Senior

Height: 5-8

Position: Guard

Hometown: North Babylon, NY

2013-14 (Senior)
- Ranked fourth in total rebounds (127)
- Second in UConn's average points per game (16.4)
- Seconds most steals of the season (62)
2012-13 (Junior)

- All-NCAA Tournament Team
- All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention
- Naismith Award Preseason Watch List
- Wooden Award Preseason Top-30
She has scored 1,827 career points, which is 10th on UConn's all-time list and became only the third Husky all-time joining Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore as UConn's only 1,500-Point/500-Rebound/500-Assist Club members on February 19 vs. UCF. The North Babylon, N.Y. native is in seventh place on the Huskies' all-time three-point field goals made list with 236 and is 10th all-time with 508 assists. The 2011 Big East Rookie of the Year, she is a two-time All-Conference Team selection and two-time All-Conference Tournament Team honoree. Only the fourth Husky sophomore to ever be selected as a WBCA/State Farm All-American, she was a member of the 2011 All-Philadelphia Regional squad and a 2013 All-NCAA Tournament Team selection ... Two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Week and USBWA National Player of the Week on January 19.

"You look at Bria and it is hard to pick out ... real real highs for her because she is so consistent. There are no forty-point games, there is no games that she makes ten three-pointers. You look at her entire career and she is like Derek Jeter. She came in as a young kid. You can count on her every game. She shows up, she plays as hard as she can. She is my wife's favorite player... I know that, and that means something. That is saying a lot when your coaches can count on you every day in practice, every night we play, no matter who we play, no matter where we play. Everything that she gets, she deserves. She has had an All-American season and I don't think anybody on our coaching staff or team is surprised that she has regained that form."

Geno on Bria Hartley

"A lot of attention has been given to Hartley bouncing back after a sub-par junior season, but the most impressive development might be her improvement as a ball handler. Hartley's decision-making has improved to the point where she's making less careless errors with the ball. With her career-high 37.1% three point percentage and the speed she has to score in the open court, Hartley would be a great fit on an uptempo team that could use decision-makers in transition."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"Has a knack for stepping up in the big games and making the big shots. Has really improved her defense over the past few years."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Natasha Howard

Class: Senior

Height: 6-3

Position: Forward

Hometown: Toledo, OH

2013-14 (Senior)
- Earned Blue Ribbon Panel First Team All-ACC honors
- Named to Head Coaches' All-ACC Defensive Team
- The only player in the ACC to rank in the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding, FG%, steals and blocks
- Holds the highest single-game totals in ACC play in 4 categories: Points, FGM, rebs, and FTM
2012-13 (Junior)
- Nabbed First Team All-ACC honors by the leagues Blue Ribbon Panel
- Second-team all-conference accolades from the ACC coaches
- Had 11 double-doubles, which ranked 3rd in the ACC
- Led FSU in rebounding (7.5) and blocks (1.5)

"Natasha is a phenomenal athlete who has terrorized opponents in arguably the toughest league in the country. She is a versatile player who is comfortable scoring with her back to the basket as well as facing up. Defensively, her length and agility allow her to alter shots and cover a large area of the floor. She is also relentless on the offensive and defensive boards. Her dominant senior year was recognized by the ACC coaches as she was selected first team all-ACC as well as being named to the ACC All-Defensive Team. I believe that she will have a very bright future in the WNBA."

Head Coach Sue Semrau

"Natasha Howard is a gifted athlete with an excellent face-up game and the developing ability to hit outside shots. That athleticism that she uses to create scoring opportunities for herself offensively could also help her become an excellent help defender. An area for improvement for Howard might be working with her back to the basket against more physical defenders and holding onto the ball a bit better in traffic, but she would be an excellent fit with an uptempo team where she could run the floor and score in transition."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"A dynamic post player who can put points on the board in a hurry. "

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Tricia Liston

Class: Senior

Height: 6-1

Position: Guard

Hometown: River Forest, IL

2013-14 (Senior)
- Averaged 17.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists
- Ranks 2nd nationally in three-point field goal percentage
- Set a new Duke single-season record for 3-pointers made (83)
- Ranked 3rd for total rebounds (170)
- Ranks 1st for Duke in points per game (17.3)
2012-13 (Junior)
- 1 of only 31 players in Blue Devil history to reach 1,000 points
- Norfolk Region All-Tournament team
- All-ACC second team, voted by coaches
- All-ACC Academic team, selected ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 18
Liston has registered 15 games with 20 or more points this year to rank second in the ACC. She was a First Team All-ACC and First Team All-ACC Tournament selection this season. Liston was the Paradise Jam MVP earlier this year and is a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award and Watch Trophy. She currently ranks first on Duke's all-time three-pointers made list (248) and 10th on the ACC list. Her 45.9 three-point field goal percentage ranks first all-time on the ACC charts, while her 85.7 free throw percentage ranks fourth.

"There may be no prospect who has improved more all around than Tricia Liston, even before she was forced to take on ball handling duties when Duke's entire point guard rotation was deemed out for the season. We all knew that she could shoot, but her numbers are up across the board, she's able to exploit mismatches against smaller players in the paint, and her decision-making is good enough that Duke was able to advance to the ACC championship game with her running point. The major concern for her might be athleticism - both in terms of guarding WNBA wings defensively and creating shots for herself other than spot-ups offensively - but at 6-foot-1 with her shooting touch, it's not a stretch to imagine her catching on with a team."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"A great shooter coming into college developed other aspects of her game to become a more complete scorer. Having Gray and Jones go down has helped her become a more complete guard on offense."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Tyaunna Marshall

Class: Senior

Height: 5-9

Position: Guard

Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD

2013-14 (Senior)
- All-time leading scorer with 2,066
- Leads Georgia Tech in points, rebounds, steals, and assists
- Ranks 3rd in the ACC in points, 10th in rebounds, 2nd in steals, and 14th in assists
- Ranks 1st in career 20-point games among active ACC players (39)
2012-13 (Junior)
- Honorable mention All-American by the AP and WBCA
- First Team All-ACC by conference coaches and media
- 3 ACC Player of the Week tied for most in the conference
- Only player in the ACC to rank in the league's top 10 in scoring (2nd, 18.1 ppg)
First on Georgia Tech's all-time points list with 2,066 ... Scored 1,000th career point against Kennesaw State (11/13/12) ... One of just five Yellow Jackets all-time with at least 1,500 career points and 600 career rebounds ... Ranks fifth on Tech all-time steals list with 267... Has 20 career double-doubles ... Has 39 career games with at least 20 points ... Has scored in double digits in 108 of 127 career games ... Has 23 career double figure rebounding games ... Has led Georgia Tech in points 58 times and in rebounds 41 times in four years ... Four career ACC Player of the Week awards.

"There's no doubt in my mind that Ty Marshall is one of the top three players in the ACC. She does it on both ends of the floor. She is one of the best defenders in the league. She's second in the league in steals. She's in the top five in defensive rebounds. I know she is in the top 10 in rebounding, which is impressive for a 5' 9" guard. It says a lot about what she does, not just scoring, but the fact that she plays both ends of the floor. She is one of, if not the best, defensive players in the league. On top of that, she scores 20 points a night. We don't see a lot of prolific scorers that are also tremendous defenders and rebounders. That's one thing she does. She plays every side of the ball. She's not just a scorer. She became our all-time leading scorer this year in the history of our program. That just says a lot about what she has done over the course of her career. To me, in the month of February, she has played as well as anyone else in the league. She has really put the team on her back and carried us."

Georgia Tech Women's Basketball Head Coach MaChelle Joseph

"Tyaunna Marshall's rebounding ability is unlike anything we've seen from a 5-foot-9 guard in recent memory: entering the tournament, she leads all guards in the nation in offensive rebounding with nearly four per game. That reflects tremendous athleticism and just a knack for tracking the ball as it comes off the rim. With her athleticism, fearlessness in driving into traffic to get to the free throw line, defensive energy, and underrated ball handling ability Marshall has enormous upside. The obvious knock on her is her limited perimeter scoring game - she has made just 20 threes in her entire college career - but she has all the tools otherwise to develop into a contributor."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"First Georgia Tech player to reach 2,000 points in her career. Has improved her scoring ever year. "

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Kayla McBride

Class: Senior

Height: 5-11

Position: Guard

Hometown: Erie, PA

2013-14 (Senior)
- ACC Player of the Year, voted on by coaches
- Ranks 6th in Notre Dame history with 1,767 career points
- Ranks second in points per game (17.5)
- Ranks 3rd in total rebounds for the season (175)
2012-13 (Junior)
- Averaged a career high of 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game
- Scored in double figures 32 times with 1 double-double
- Ranked 7th in BIG EAST in scoring and led league in FT%
Nicknamed "K-Mac" ... powerful, athletic wing player who has emerged as one of nation's most potent and versatile offensive threats ... blends sharp scoring mentality and polished playmaking with rugged physicality ... has remarkably efficient shooting stroke and is highly-skilled in the lost art of the mid-range jumper ... also quite reliable from beyond the three-point line, as well as a danger in the paint with her fearless nature driving the lane and attacking the rim ... incredibly consistent at the free throw line, currently shooting better than 88 percent for her career ... a smooth ballhandler with good court vision and solid passing skills, while her defensive presence and determination make her a weapon at both ends of the floor.

"Kayla McBride's strength is not merely that she scores so efficiently, but that she can do it from so many spots on the court. She has made a career-high 32 threes this season and improved her already outstanding mid-range shooting game. Her ability to score off the dribble, screens, and spot ups in addition to handling the ball as a 5-foot-11 guard should help her fit into almost any offensive system. She makes the game look simple against college competition, which makes it hard to imagine her not developing into a contributor in the WNBA."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"Best jump shooter in college basketball who is also a great athlete. She's never afraid to take the big shot."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Chiney Ogwumike

Class: Senior

Height: 6-4

Position: Forward

Hometown: Cypress, TX

2013-14 (Senior)
- Capital One Academic All-American of the Year
- Became the 5th Stanford player to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds
- Leader in total rebounds for the season (394) and scoring (.610)
- First in points per game (26.8)
2012-13 (Junior)
- Consensus All-American (WBCA, AP, USBWA, John R. Wooden Award)
- Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year
- All-Pac-12 Team (Tournament MVP)
- Six-time Pac-12 Player of the Week

"Ogwumike's statistics are off the charts, but the fact that she has carried Stanford to a top ten ranking despite drawing the entirety of opponents' defensive attention every night is only the beginning of the story. What's most impressive about Ogwumike is her leadership, especially on the defensive end: she's constantly talking whether it be to keep her teammates focused or to make sure people are in the right spots and seeing cutters. That vision she shows on the defensive end reflects a deep understanding of the game, which bodes well for her moving forward. If there's a weakness in her game it's her perimeter shooting touch."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"Has put up video game like numbers all season long. Has incredible athleticism and has worked hard to increase her shooting range."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Shoni Schimmel

Class: Senior

Height: 5-9

Position: Guard

Hometown: Mission, OR

2013-14 (Senior)
- Named to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference team
- Named to the Top 5 ESPNW's best shooting guards
- Leads in points per game (17.0)
- Ranks second in three-point percentage (.374)
2012-13 (Junior)
- Named a first team All-BIG East selection
- Named WBCA All-Region for Region 1
- Scored a career-high 38 points against USF
- Ranks seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,511 career points

"Shoni has the ability to score, and that's what separates her from a lot of people. She comes to the gym everyday, she loves to play the game. I think that's what separates your top tier players. They love to play every day. If Shoni could stay in the gym all day long, I think she would. There are players out there who enjoy playing it, that really like to play it. But there is a big difference between enjoying it, liking it, and loving it. She loves it."

Walz on Shoni

"Shoni Schimmel's wealth of confidence defines her style of play and after watching her take Louisville on a surprising run to the 2013 National Championship game, she's really hard to ignore in this draft. Not to let style overshadow substance though, what makes Schimmel special is her ability to shoot from almost anywhere on the floor off the dribble with an exceptional ability to decisively find her spot and set her feet before releasing the ball. An underrated skill might be her ability to set up teammates off the drive when she doesnt create opportuinites for herslef. Her main challenge is hardly a unique one as a college scorer looking to find a niche in the W: jump shooters are always streaky and she hasn't been especially effective inside the three point line. That might relate to concerns about her ability to keep up with the quickness of WNBA guards defensively."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"Might be the flashiest player in college basketball and she can back it up. Incredible 3-point shooter who is also an excellent passer."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Meighan Simmons

Class: Senior

Height: 5-9

Position: Guard

Hometown: Cibolo, TX

2013-14 (Senior)
- Coaches All-SEC First Team
- 29 games scoring 20+ points this season
- Led the average points per game (16.2)
- Ranked second in season steals (38)
- Ranked fourth in three-point percentage (.359)
2012-13 (Junior)
- Associated Press Third-Team All-American
- Full Court Third-Team All-American
- WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 3 Nominee
- Coaches SEC Co-Player of the Year, and First-Team All-SEC

"Meighan leads our team by example and has shown tremendous growth since coming to Tennessee. She started as a freshman and she's had to be big for us throughout her whole career. I can only imagine the type of pressure she feels, but she delivered. Everyone knows how quick she is and that she can score points in a hurry, but she has worked really hard on the defensive end and making that a priority. I think she's hitting full stride right now, and it's been huge for our team."

Head Coach Holly Warlick

"Meighan Simmons might not have done much to change her reputation as an inconsistent volume scorer and questionable decision-maker in her senior season, despite winning a second consecutive SEC Player of the Year award. Yet what can't be overlooked is she has actually gone from being an erratic shot-taker to a slightly more efficient, though not exactly reliable, shot-maker in large part because she has been a bit more selective inside the arc. She has also become a more willing passer and has been seen using her athleticism on the defensive end in big moments. Simmons is hardly without flaw, but she probably has the tools to fit on a WNBA roster if she's not expected to be a team's primary perimeter option."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"A feisty and speedy guard who is the heart and soul of the Lady Vols. While she hasn't had too much success in the postseason definitely has great upside at the next level."

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg

Odyssey Sims

Class: Senior

Height: 5-8

Position: Guard

Hometown: Irving, TX

2013-14 (Senior)
- Recorded game-high 25 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 3 rebounds vs. Texas Tech
- Leads the scoring average in points per game (28.4)
- Also leads average per game 3FG% (.405), FGA (21.7), and FGM (9.7)
- Ranked second in free-throw percentage (.799)
2012-13 (Junior)
- Consensus All-American and Finalist for all national player of the year award
- Shared team Co-MVP honors for the second straight year with Brittney Griner
- Averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 assists, 2.8 steals, and 2.5 rebounds
- In Big 12 stats, ranked No. 1 in assist/turnover ratio (2.7), No. 3 in steals (2.8)
Slated to graduate May 2014 ... Attended USA Basketball's National Team mini-camp in early October ... Earned her second World University Games gold medal and was named the tournament's most valuable player when the USA Basketball squad defeated Russia, 90-71, in the gold medal game at the 2013 World University games in Russia ... By earning her second championship, Sims became the first women's basketball two-time gold medalist for the USA at the World University Games.

"It's hard to look at Odyssey Sims' senior season outside of the context of her entire career: in her first three years, she was one of the nation's best distributors with the ability to score who helped set up superstar Brittney Griner. In her senior year, she has been one of the nation's best scorers with the ability to set up her younger teammates when she faces double and triple teams. It's not that Sims does one thing or the other so well, but that she has proven that she can do both on a top 10 team that makes her a special talent."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

Alyssa Thomas

Class: Senior

Height: 6-2

Position: Forward

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

2013-14 (Senior)
- Voted ACC Player of the Year for the 3rd straight year by Blue Ribbon Panel
- Became the 9th player in history with jersey honored in the rafters
- 23 double-doubles (4 triple-doubles) in 29 games, 60 career double-doubles
- Leader in points per game (18.9) and rebounds per game (10.8)
2012-13 (Junior)
- WBCA Coaches' All-American, and All-Region Team
- ACC Player of the Year, Player of the Week (9x), Tournament MVP, and Rookie of the Year
- Scored in double digits in 90 of 100 games in her career
- Notched 20 double-doubles, including two triple-doubles in her career. Voted ACC Player of the Year for the third straight year by the Blue Ribbon Panel and to the All-ACC First Team...named the Preseason ACC Player of the Year...named Preseason AP All-American...has started in every game...became ninth player in program history with jersey honored in the rafters on March 2...has 23 double-doubles (four triple-doubles) in 29 games...60 career double-doubles broke Crystal Langhorne's record of 59 on Feb. 23.

"Alyssa will go down as one of the greatest to ever play at Maryland. She's put up numbers and made moves that others can only dream about. As her coach, I love finding ways to challenge her and push her to accomplish even more."

Frese on Thomas

"It's getting banal to say that Alyssa Thomas is "versatile", but it's hard not to start there when talking about the 6-foot-2 forward who has played just about every role imaginable for the Terrapins. At her size, her ability to use her size to score against smaller wings in the paint or get to the free throw line and handle the ball to go by bigger defenders is probably her biggest pro strength - she could become a matchup nightmare. If she develops a consistent jumper, she could easily become the best pro that Maryland has produced."

Nate Parham - Swish Appeal | @NateP_SBN

"A versatile athlete who can play three positions. Ms. Triple-Double with four this season, Thomas can be a strong addition to any team in the pros. "

Doug Feinberg - Associated Press | @DougFeinberg