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MM 10.22: Maryland women’s basketball racks up preseason honors

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

Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

While Maryland men’s basketball got all the attention today due to its placement at the No. 7 spot in the preseason AP Preseason Top 25, the Maryland women’s basketball team is also obtained some preseason recognition on Monday.

The Terps were picked by both the league’s media and the Big Ten head coaches, unanimously, to win the regular season conference title this season. Senior guard Kaila Charles was also voted Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by both parties.

Maryland won the conference title last year, finishing the season with an 29-5 record, and have accomplished the feat four of the last five years since joining the conference.

Charles, a three-year starter under head coach Brenda Frese, returns for her final season in College Park as the 2018-19 top scorer for the Terps, averaging 17 points, a career best 2.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds per contest. Last season, the Glenn Dale, Maryland, native was a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection and an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.

Charles was also one of two players, including Michigan’s Naz Hillmon, that were unanimously selected to the coaches and media preseason All-Big Ten teams.

Joining Charles on the preseason All-Big Ten team is sophomore guard Taylor Mikesell, who is coming off a season where she set a school record of 95 three pointers in a single season. Mikesell started every game for Maryland in 2018-19, averaging 13.4 points and 3.3 assists per game.

The Terps join Purdue as the only teams to have two players on the coaches and media All-Big Ten teams.

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No. 25 Maryland me’s soccer took down another top-25 team on Monday night, beating No. 24 Yale in OT, 1-0.

Sean explains how Maryland football’s secondary got exploited, again, against Indiana on Saturday.

I revisited what happened in the conference landscape with our latest Big Ten weekend recap.

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Although the team checked-in at the No. 7 spot by AP, The Athletic’s Seth Davis ranked the Terps as the No. 5 team in the nation.

That preseason No. 7 ranking mood:

With just a few days left until the NBA season, here are some Kevin Huerter highlights to get you fired up.

Kevin Chouinard with the Atlanta Hawks writes about Bruno Fernando and his journey from Angola to the NBA.

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Maryland football had some Players of the Week following Indiana week.

Maryland football also made some announcements regarding the broadcasts of its games in the next two weeks.

Maryland women’s basketball hosted an open practice on Sunday. Here are some highlights from the team’s day.

Maryland field hockey freshman Emma DeBerdine received Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after her performance against Ohio State on Sunday.

The rain couldn’t stop Maryland women’s soccer on Sunday as the team picked up a crucial win against Purdue. Here are some highlights to relive the victory.

Maryland wrestling returns to College Park on Saturday with Red-Black Wrestle-Offs.

And finally, submit your questions on Twitter for our Maryland men’s basketball preview podcast that we are recording today. Feel free to direct message or tweet us with stuff that you would like to know before the Terps’ season tips off.