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MM 1.14: Maryland women’s basketball’s Ashley Owusu, Angel Reese named to ESPN’s midseason player rankings

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

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Two Maryland women’s basketball players were named to ESPN’s midseason player rankings, released Wednesday. Sophomore forward Angel Reese was ranked No. 12 and junior guard Ashley Owusu was ranked No. 10. Maryland is one of only three schools to have multiple players named to the list.

Reese has arguably been the Terps’ most impactful player this season, leading the team in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. She leads the nation with 5.4 offensive rebounds per game and attempts the country’s third-most free throws per game. Reese averages 18.1 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game, with ten double-doubles in just 15 appearances. She has broken out as a star in her sophomore season after dealing with a foot fracture last season.

With many teammates nursing injuries, one of Owusu’s best abilities has been her availability. Owusu is one of two Maryland players to have started every game thus far and is the primary ball-handler for the fifth-highest scoring team in the country. She has been incredibly effective on the offensive end, averaging 16.7 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. Owusu has lived up to expectations after being named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team and the Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List, given to the top point guard in women’s college basketball each year.

The Terps were ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll and have a record of 12-4 on the season, all four losses coming to teams ranked in the top ten. In the team’s next matchup they will host No. 11 Michigan on Sunday, January 16 at 5 p.m.

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