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Maryland’s Brionna Jones, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough named to All-Big Ten first team

The seniors were unanimous selections, and were named to the all-defensive team as well.

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Maryland women’s basketball seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough were unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten first team and were both named to the all-defensive team, the conference announced Monday.

Jones led Maryland in points and rebounds per game, averaging 19.3 and 10.7, and her .690 field-goal percentage leads the nation. This the third straight year she’s been named to the All-Big Ten first feam and the first time she’s been named to the all-defensive team.

Walker-Kimbrough’s 18.5 points per game were second on the team, and she also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Like Jones, this is her third straight year being named All-Big Ten, but it’s her second straight year being named to the conference’s all-defensive team.

Both Jones and Walker-Kimbrough have been climbing up the program’s record board this season. Jones 1,792 career points are 8th all time, and her 1,139 rebounds are tied for third all time. She became the fifth player in program history to grab over 1,000 rebounds in an 89-83 win over Penn State on Jan. 11. In the same game, she scored 42 points, tying the program single-game scoring record.

Walker-Kimbrough is one of just five players in program history with over 2,000 career points, and her 173 career threes are second all-time.

The seniors were two of the four unanimous players on the All-Big Ten first team, joining Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell and Michigan State’s Tori Jankoska. Mitchell was also named Big Ten Player of the Year.

Northwestern’s Ashley Deary was the only unanimous selection on the all-defensive team and was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

The Terps will take on either Penn State or Minnesota in the Big Ten quarterfinals on Friday.