Maryland women’s basketball opens up its season Sunday against UMass-Lowell. For the last two weeks, we’ve been profiling every member of the team. Here’s our last installment.
Brionna Jones, senior, center, 6’3, No. 42
Hometown: Havre de Grace, Md.
High School: Aberdeen
Recruiting ratings: Four stars, No. 55 overall, No. 7 post player, No. 4 player in Maryland
Collegiate stats: 11.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, .630 FG/.617 FT (107 games)
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How did she get to College Park?
Jones was a star at Aberdeen High, leading her team to a state title as a junior. She committed to Maryland on the Fourth of July before her senior year. She tore her ACL during that season, but worked to get back in time for the Terps’ season opener that November.
She scored a game-high 24 points against Connecticut last December, most of which came at the expense of Breanna Stewart. Maryland lost that game, which makes it weird for this to be a career highlight, but it was one of her best games on one of the sport’s biggest stages.
Everything this team does will be built around Jones’ low-post presence and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough’s perimeter skill. Jones should be not only Maryland’s premier rebounder and inside scorer, but among the nation’s best at those things.
Jones is firmly entrenched in the “best center in the country” competition, perhaps slightly behind Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner and South Carolina’s Alaina Coates at the moment. But she’s threatening a bunch of program records (field goal percentage, rebounds, etc.), and if the Terps make it far enough, that’ll help the cause.
What a dream season might look like
Jones hauls down double-digit boards per game and breaks the school’s single-season and career rebound records. She and Walker-Kimbrough become the first Terps to ever reach three Final Fours.
AN ACTUAL BASKETBALL GAME!!!!!!!! Maryland plays UMass-Lowell Sunday at 1 p.m. The score and stats will count. This is exciting.
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