Maryland basketball’s Brionna Jones was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, the first time she’s won the honor in her college career.
Jones was dominant in Maryland’s two wins last week, recording 19 points against Towson and a career-high 30 against Saint Peter’s. The senior shot 14-of-16 from the floor Thursday against the Peacocks, and reached 30 points roughly halfway through the third quarter, and her day was done shortly thereafter.
This is Jones’ first career weekly honor, although she has been a weekly conference honorable mention seven times in her career, including twice this season. Teammate Shatori Walker-Kimbrough won Big Ten Player of the Week twice last year.
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Jones is Maryland’s leading scorer (16.5 ppg, one total point ahead of Walker-Kimbrough), rebounder (9.0 rpg) and shot blocker (1.0 bpg). She’s made 70 of her 100 shots this season, which puts her second nationally in field-goal percentage behind George Washington’s Caira Washington (70.5 percent).
The No. 4 Terps visit Loyola at 7 p.m. Monday. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Jones, who lives in Havre de Grace, less than an hour from Baltimore. Her older brother Jarred is a redshirt senior and the leading scorer on the Greyhounds’ men’s basketball team.