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MM 2.18: Maryland women’s basketball moves up in AP Top 25 poll and garners POW honors

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

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Maryland women’s basketball has continued its sharp ascension in the AP Top 25 poll this week, jumping from No. 10 to No. 7 Monday afternoon.

The Terps were ranked No. 20 four weeks ago, but have jumped 13 spots since amidst an 11-game win streak, with five of those wins coming against ranked opponents.

Due to this success, the Terps are in prime position with March Madness around the corner as ESPN’s Charlie Creme and RealTimeRPI lists them as the fourth and final No. 1 seed.

Maryland has ridden the play of senior leader Kaila Charles for periods this season and freshman guard Ashley Owusu has picked things up as well, but this past week it was all about Stephanie Jones as she earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

This award — the first of her career as a Terp — comes after a week where Jones averaged 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against then-No. 17 Iowa and Penn State.

Jones and the Terps will look to continue the hot streak with three more regular season games ahead of the Big Ten tournament, which starts on March 4 in Indianapolis.

In other news

Maryland men’s basketball also made a jump in the AP Poll on Monday, landing at No. 7 as well.

With the powerful effort against Michigan State, Anthony Cowan Jr. racked up Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.

Cody provides the preview for the Tuesday matchup between No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball and Northwestern.

Lila wrote about how No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball has adapted to the road dawg mentality, winning four of its last eight games on the road.

Jordan focused on Cowan and his effort in East Lansing in the latest installment of his film breakdown.

Brandon previewed No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse’s Tuesday matchup against Villanova, in which a win would put the Terps at 4-0 on the young season.

Maryland baseball got off to a terrific start in the 2020 season with a 3-0 opening weekend record.

Maryland softball on the other hand went 1-3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and are now 2-7 on the young season.

ESPN’s Holly Rowe had high praise for Anthony Cowan Jr.

Make sure to wear white to see the Terps in action Tuesday night.

The Terps are currently in a battle to go viral on TikTok.

Jon Rothstein has been impressed with the play of Donta Scott.

Former Maryland basketball players Melo Trimble, Dez Wells, Richaud Pack and Robert Carter Jr. will be reuniting to compete in ESPN’s The Tournament this summer. You can follow the team’s Twitter account here.

Sometimes the game is so easy for Ashley Owusu.

The Big Ten Network paid a visit to the Maryland women’s basketball team.

Here are a few highlights from No. 4 Maryland men’s lacrosse’s victory over No. 6 Penn.

Matt Rambo had himself a Sunday night.

Maryland women’s lacrosse is looking to bounce back after its first loss of the season this past weekend, but is relying on young talents like Shay Ahearn to lead the way.

Tucker Flint is off to a hot start in his young career.