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MM 1.13 Ashley Owusu named Naismith Award National Player of the Week

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

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 04 Womens - Indiana at Maryland Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Maryland women’s basketball’s Ashley Owusu was named the Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

The sophomore guard has been instrumental in the Terps’ great play of late, which has included wins over No. 19 Indiana and then-No. 23 Michigan State in close contests.

Brenda Frese’s squad then defeated Purdue in College Park, 83-46, in a three-win week that allowed Owusu to put her ability on full display. The Virginia native averaged 19.7 points, 6.7 assists, and 6.0 rebounds over the stretch to help put the Terps soundly atop the Big Ten Conference standings.

Owusu’s hot start has proven her first year with the Terps was no fluke. After mostly coming off the bench and averaging 12 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds during her freshman campaign, she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned All-Big Ten accolades. Owusu has turned around and improved on those numbers, averaging 18.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game so far this season.

The No. 9 Terps will round out this week with trips to Minnesota and Wisconsin on Thursday and Sunday, respectively. The Minnesota game will be televised on Big Ten Network at 4 pm.

In Other News

Maryland men’s basketball’s upcoming game against Nebraska has been postponed.

In the latest edition of TT Court Vision, Sam broke down the film from the Terps’ win over No. 12 Illinois.

The team shared some highlights from that matchup.

Maryland football’s offense looks more and more dangerous after recent coaching changes.

Maryland men’s lacrosse held its first official practice ahead of the 2021 season.

Maryland men’s soccer will soon be back on the pitch at Ludwig Field as it prepares for its 2021 season.