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Maryland women’s basketball’s Shakira Austin wins Big Ten Freshman of the Week, again

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Two weeks, two Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards for Maryland’s Shakira Austin.

ESPNw’s No. 4 overall recruit in the Class of 2018 won the award again after another impressive week in her young career, averaging nine points, 14 rebounds and three blocks per game in wins over George Washington and then-No. 10 South Carolina.

She posted eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in a 69-30 win against the Colonials, controlling the paint in a game where Maryland held GW to 17 percent shooting. In Columbia, Austin had 10 points, 16 rebounds and a block for her second career double-double while making a difference on the both end of the floor. Through four games, Austin has averaged 11.8 points, 13.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in 25 minutes per game, all while coming off the bench.

While Austin’s defense is ahead of her offense, she’s already made a huge difference for Maryland this season. At 6’5, Austin gives the Terps a post presence they didn’t have last year that can control the rim on both ends of the court.

Maryland is off to a 4-0 start and moved up to No. 7 in the AP Poll after running past South Carolina. The Terps will head to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving weekend to play Morgan State on Friday and Georgia (who was ranked 14th last week but lost twice) on Saturday.

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Brenda Frese’s team looked like it’s back among the nation’s elite after beating the Gamecocks.

Austin wasn’t the only Terp to win Freshman of the Week. Maryland football running back Anthony McFarland did the same after running for 298 yards against Ohio State. The Terps are 13.5 point underdogs against Penn State this weekend.

Ohio State blog 11 Warriors did a nice film study on how Maryland was able to shred the Buckeyes’ defense.

DJ Moore’s 157-yard game was the highlight for Terps in the NFL in Week 11.

Senior heavyweight and All-American Youssif Hemida won a silver medal at the U-23 World Championships.

Maryland men’s basketball is up to 28th in the AP Poll. That’s only good for ninth in the Big Ten.

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Last night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams was absolutely bonkers. Here’s how people around the country reacted.