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MM 9.23: Former Maryland women’s basketball star Brionna Jones earns WNBA Most Improved Player from AP

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

Sammi Silber - Testudo Times, 2016

Former Maryland women’s basketball star Brionna Jones was named the Associated Press Most Improved Player in the WNBA on Wednesday.

In her fifth season with the Connecticut Sun, Jones is averaging a career-high 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the field this year. Last month, she dominated with four double-doubles and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the week.

The Aberdeen, Maryland native made her mark as a Terp by leading the country in field goal percentage in both her junior and senior seasons. She earned numerous titles while in college such as Big Ten Player of the Week and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American honors. Jones was also named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team for three straight years. In her senior year, Jones was named the No. 16 player in the country by ESPNW.

The Sun have earned the top seed in the WNBA playoffs after a 14-game win streak. Jones is one of four former Maryland players on the Sun alongside her sister Stephanie Jones as well as Alyssa Thomas and Kaila Charles.

In other news

Ben previewed Maryland women’s soccer’s Thursday night game against Nebraska.

Maryland softball partnered with Team IMPACT and held an official signing for Lily after it was delayed due to the pandemic.

Brooke and Emma DeBerdine each scored a goal in Maryland field hockey’s victory against Princeton.

Maryland women’s golf celebrated an eighth-place finish at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship.

Maryland volleyball looks ahead to a Big Ten-filled weekend.

Former Maryland baseball player Brandon Lowe makes the MLB playoffs with the Tampa Bay Rays.