Maryland women’s basketball player Blair Watson was named to the watch list for the Naismith Women's National Defensive Player of the Year Award Thursday.
She is one of 15 players named to the watch list, and one of just three from the Big Ten.
Watson has been having a remarkable senior season for the Terps, averaging 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. Defensively, she leads the Terps in steals, averaging 2.89 per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 15th in the country. Earlier this season against Iowa, Watson recorded nine steals, which tied a 39-year-old program record.
Maryland has had a sharp focus on defense this year, averaging the third-most steals per game in the country, with 13.8. In their game against Illinois, the Terps forced 22 turnovers and recorded 10 steals — two of which came from Watson. Maryland will look to continue its impressive defensive performances in its next game against No. 22 Northwestern Sunday.
In other news
No. 20 Maryland women's basketball took down Illinois to win their fourth consecutive game Thursday night.
Take a look at Jalen Smith’s second half surge that led to Maryland’s men’s basketball’s latest victory in the latest edition of film room.
Anthony Cowan Jr. joined elite company during the game against Northwestern, becoming the third player in Maryland history to reach 500 free throws made.
Running back commit Ebony Jackson announced his flip to Arkansas from Maryland.
Former Maryland football three-star RB commit Ebony Jackson officially announces his flip to Arkansas.— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) January 23, 2020
The Terps seem set with Funk, Fleet-Davis, Boone, Jacobs and Castleberry as it stands. https://t.co/mTxY5sCvZ9
And while the program lost a running back, it gained a new commit as well.
Maryland football has added a new body to the running back room with former Michigan PWO Jordan Castleberry announcing his decision to transfer to College Park.— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) January 23, 2020
The Terps — who are losing Leake and McFarland to the NFL — now have five backfield options in 2020. https://t.co/qCrf1ZgkLd
Maryland Football shouted out their two 1,100 yard receivers in the NFL.
No. 20 Maryland women’s basketball is on its way home after picking up win No. 15.
Wheels up with the DUB ✌ ✈️ pic.twitter.com/YmTisO5vBi— Maryland Women’s Basketball (@umdwbb) January 24, 2020
Maryland women’s lacrosse knows a thing or two about bright lights.
Maryland baseball season is less than a month away, and the team is gearing up for the 2020 campaign.
Maryland Volleyball commit Sydney Dowler won the Andi Collins Award.
Sydney Dowler did it all in high school— Maryland Volleyball (@TerpsVolleyball) January 23, 2020
Under Armour All-American
North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year
Four-time state champion and MVP
Now the best senior setter in the country!#FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/hyRKhrpRj4
Maryland wrestling took some time to give back to the community.