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Maryland women’s basketball’s Kaila Charles named AP Honorable Mention All-American

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

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After a stellar junior campaign, Maryland women’s basketball’s Kaila Charles was named honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press on Monday.

Charles becomes Brenda Frese’s first All-American selection since Brionna Jones was a first-team selection in 2017.

In 34 starts, Charles led the Terps in scoring and was second on the team in rebounds, assists and steals with averages of 17 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. She helped lead the Terps to the outright Big Ten regular season title and another home NCAA Tournament berth.

She reached 1,000 career points and 500 rebounds during the season and was named First Team All-Conference for the first time in her career. Charles had also been on the watch list for Naismith Player of the Year until late in the season, and was named Big Ten Player of the Week and National Player of the Week at separate points during the year.

The Terps’ season came to an end against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament second round, but Frese will return Charles for her senior campaign, along with every player but senior Brianna Fraser, and has four top-50 recruits signed for 2019. Charles becomes Maryland basketball’s second All-American this season, after Bruno Fernando also earned an honorable mention on the men’s side from Sporting News.

In other news

With Maryland’s basketball season finished, it’s time to take a look ahead to the offseason. Justin took a look at the key storylines for the Terps.

The offseason is also a good time to take a look at Lila’s best shots of the season. There’s a gallery for that.

Mike Locksley and football get started on Week 2 of spring practice this afternoon, after putting pads on for the first time last Saturday.

Men’s lacrosse dropped to No. 1 Penn State at home Sunday, but still figure to be a player in the national picture.

Four-star defensive end Coziah Izzard included Maryland in his top seven. Izzard attends high school right down the street at DeMatha and is the state’s No. 10 recruit in a loaded local 2020 class.

Monday also marked 17 years to the date from men’s basketball’s 2002 National Championship. The memories.