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MM 3.24: Kaila Charles named Third Team All-American by USBWA

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

Kaila Charles, Maryland women’s basketball, Iowa, 2020 Tyler DeSue / Testudo Times

No. 4 Maryland women’s basketball’s Kaila Charles has received several end-of-season awards for her play in 2019-20, and she earned yet another after the U.S. Basketball Writers Association named her a Third Team All-American Monday .

It’s the second straight year in which Charles has been honored by USWBA, earning a Third Team All-American selection for her play last season as well.

Charles led the Terps in scoring for the third straight season this year, averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game to help lead the Terps to a Big Ten regular-season and tournament title. Charles was also the lone player from the conference to be named to an All-American team by USWBA, though Northwestern’s Lindsay Pulliam was given an honorable mention. The full list can be found here.

After a slow start to the season, Charles lifted herself back among the nation’s best with a strong end to the year. Over the second half of the season, she averaged 14 points per game to lead the Terps to 17-straight victories to close out an outstanding career under head coach Brenda Frese.

In other news

5-star quarterback Caleb Williams included Maryland football in his top-5 choices, giving head coach Mike Locksley the opportunity to land his second 5-star recruit in the class of 2021.

Maryland football also remains in the running for one of the top JuCo recruits in the 2021 class, landing among No. 2 prospect De’Jahn Warren’s top-11 choices for next season.

Former Maryland LSM and current team assistant coach Jesse Bernhardt was selected with the No. 2 pick in the PLL Entry Draft last week. Check out Cody’s feature on Bernhardt’s draft experience and what he expects in joining Chrome Lacrosse Club.

Brandon listed his top-10 dunks from Maryland basketball’s 2019-20 season, which you can find right here.

Lila spoke with former Terp guard Eric Hayes (2008-2010) about his career playing under Gary Williams, upsetting North Carolina, winning the 09-10 ACC title and more in this week’s ouTTakes pod.

NFL Defensive end and former Terp Quinton Jefferson signed with the Buffalo Bills, reuniting him with his former Maryland teammate Stefon Diggs.

With everyone being advised to stay indoors until further notice, this young man decided to recreate Anthony Cowan’s clutch three-pointers against Michigan State in his basement:

Five years ago this Monday, former Maryland women’s basketball sharpshooter Laurin Mincy lit up Princeton to the tune of 27 points to help the Terps advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

In addition to Kaila Charles, freshman guard Ashley Owusu had a highlight-reel filled season as well. Here are some of her top plays from her freshman season, courtesy of @umdwbb.

Maryland gymnastics played Brad Pitt from Se7en’s favorite game: What’s in the box? The answer: Maryland basketball’s Reese Mona. The result: hilarious.