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Five-star freshman Angel Reese makes surprise return for Maryland women’s basketball vs Iowa

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Reese wasn’t expected to be back until the postseason.

Towson v Maryland Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins /Getty Images

Seemingly out of nowhere, Maryland women’s basketball’s five-star freshman forward Angel Reese stepped onto the floor Tuesday afternoon against Iowa.

Reese was expected to miss three months due to a broken foot she suffered in early December in a win over Towson. She returned to the court just 10 and a half weeks after surgery.

Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said yesterday that the team was being “cautiously optimistic” with Reese’s recovery in hopes of her returning for postseason play, but the No. 2 overall player in the 2020 class came out onto the floor unexpectedly in the first quarter. She immediately made an impact, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound in her first stint on the floor.

Reese averaged 17 points, 8.7 rebounds and & 2.0 blocks per game in three appearances earlier this season before suffering the injury. Her return will provide a huge boost to a Maryland team that already leads the nation in scoring with 92.4 points per game.