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The Big Ten Women’s Basketball awards were announced on Big Ten Network on Monday, and the Terps owned the show.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones were both named first team all-Big Ten after completing dominant senior seasons. Jones averaged 19.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this season, and shot 69 percent from the field, which led the nation. Walker-Kimbrough added 18.5 points per game and shot 53.7 from the field, 43.7 percent from 3-point range, and 82.1 percent from the free throw line.
The two Maryland seniors were also named to the Big Ten all-defensive team. Walker-Kimbrough spent most of the season as Maryland’s lockdown perimeter defender, using her length to contest shots and record a team-high 56 steals. Jones was a force inside on both ends this season and recorded 42 blocks, which was good for fifth-best in the conference.
While the all-time great seniors picked up their awards, the freshmen did so as well. Kaila Charles and Destiny Slocum were both named to the Big Ten all-freshman team, while Slocum was also given second-team all-conference honors. Charles averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.
Slocum averaged 11.1 points and 6.0 assists and shot 37.4 percent this season, which also earned her the title of Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Despite the awards, the Terps didn’t take home the two biggest ones — Coach of the Year and Player of the Year. Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell took home Player of the Year honors over Jones and Walker-Kimbrough after a season in which she averaged a conference-high 23.4 points per game.
The Coach of the Year Award was given to Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico, who beat out Brenda Frese for the honor. Arico led Michigan to a 22-8 overall record and an 11-5 mark in conference play, its first winning record in conference play since the 2012-13 season.
With the awards on the trophy shelf, the Terps head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland is the No. 2 seed in the bracket, and has earned a double-bye. Frese’s team will open up tournament play on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will take on the winner of seventh-seeded Penn State and tenth-seeded Minnesota.
Edited by Austin Kleber.
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