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MM 9.29: Former Terps contribute in Connecticut Sun’s Game 1 loss in WNBA playoffs

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

Atlanta Dream v Connecticut Sun Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images

Three out of four former Maryland women’s basketball stars saw time on the court in the No. 1 seed Connecticut Sun’s loss against the No. 6 seed Chicago Sky in Game 1 of the semifinals of the WNBA playoffs.

Forward Alyssa Thomas, guard Kaila Charles and forward Brionna Jones, who was just named 2021 KIA Most Improved Player by the WNBA, all contributed to the team in the Sun’s 101-95 double-overtime loss. Forward Stephanie Jones was the only former Maryland player on the roster to not receive any minutes in the game.

Brionna Jones was easily the most impactful player for the Sun as she went 9-for-16 from the field for 22 total points. She also added 10 rebounds, a team-high four steals and two blocks.

Thomas received 17 minutes on the floor and came away with seven points on 3-for-11 shooting. Charles saw minimal time on the court but still collected four points on shootting at a 50% clip from the floor.

The second game of the series will be played on Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

In other news

Joe wrote about No. 8 Maryland men’s soccer’s draw with No. 24 Rutgers.

No. 7 Maryland field hockey forward Hope Rose was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after recording three goals and one assist.

Maryland women's basketball shared that its now less than six weeks away from its season.

Maryland football’s junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has 10 passing touchdowns so far in the Terps’ 4-0 start to the 2021 season.

Maryland volleyball’s Rainelle Jones leads the nation in blocks per set with a 1.98 clip.