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Maryland’s Brionna Jones named AP First Team All-American

The senior center dominated opponents all season long.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Connecticut at Maryland Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland center Brionna Jones was named to the AP’s All-America first team on Monday.

Jones averaged 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in her senior season, which included 26 double-doubles. In 35 games, she scored a single-season program record 697 points, and came up one rebound shy of tying that record as well. Jones shot a national-best 69 percent from the floor and finished second among Power 5 players in rebounds.

She’s joined on the first team by Washington guard Kelsey Plum, South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, and UConn forwards Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier. Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell, who won Big Ten Player of the Year over Jones, headlines the second team.

Fellow senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough was named to the third team. The separation between them here is rather surprising, as both were on ESPNw’s second team and they shared spots on national award watch lists for much of the season. Walker-Kimbrough averaged 18.8 points and shot a team-high 45 percent on three-pointers.

Maryland was eliminated by Oregon in the Sweet 16 Saturday, but finished the season 32-3 and captured the Big Ten tournament title. Jones and Walker-Kimbrough are finished in College Park, and both will be off to the WNBA soon.

You can check out the full All-America list here.