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Maryland women’s basketball’s Destiny Slocum named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

She’s joined on the conference’s all-freshman team by teammate Kaila Charles.

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After Maryland women’s basketball clinched a share of the Big Ten title with a win on Sunday over Minnesota, the Terps received more good news on Monday.

Destiny Slocum was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous selection on the conference’s freshman team. She’s the first Maryland player to win a conference rookie of the year award since Alyssa Thomas won ACC Rookie of the Year in 2011. In addition to being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Slocum was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team.

Slocum’s six assists per game were second in the Big Ten, and she also averaged 11.1 points. She’s just two three-pointers away from breaking Kristi Toliver’s freshman record for most threes in a season, and four assists away from breaking Dara Taylor’s freshman assists record.

Kaila Charles joined her on the All-Freshman team after averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the regular season. Charles, like Slocum, started every game she played in this season.

The Terps continue their season Friday, when they will take on either Penn State or Minnesota in the Big Ten quarterfinals.