Maryland women’s basketball sophomore guard Ashley Owusu and senior guard Katie Benzan were named All-Americans by the Associated Press on Wednesday. Owusu earned Third-Team honors while Benzan earned an Honorable Mention.
Owusu has been dominant all season for the Terps, leading the nation’s top scoring offense with 18.3 points per game. She also averages a team-high 5.8 assists, with her 151 assists on the season ranking fourth in the country. And she adds 5.7 rebounds per game on top of that.
Benzan leads the nation from beyond the arc, shooting 50.6% from three to go along with 13.3 points per game. Maryland has the No. 1 three-point field goal percentage in the country at 40.7%, much in part to her efforts. Benzan ranks third in the country with 88 made triples.
The grad transfer from Harvard also averages 3.2 assists per game, leads the team with 1.6 steals per game and averages 93.5% from the charity stripe.
The Terps earned a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament and opens up against 15-seed Mount St. Marys in the first round on Monday, March 29 at 4 p.m.
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Maryland women’s lacrosse has the first of two matchups against Ohio State today.
Lila is joined by former writers Jordan Gold and Brandon Simberg on episode 3 of our March Madness limited series podcast, Road to Indianapolis.
College basketball players across the country, led by those in the Big Ten, are uniting for the #NotNCAAProperty movement, pushing to finally be able to have control over their own name, image and likeness.
The NCAA OWNS my name image and likeness. Someone on music scholarship can profit from an album. Someone on academic scholarship can have a tutor service. For ppl who say “an athletic scholarship is enough.” Anything less than equal rights is never enough. I am #NotNCAAProperty— Geo Baker (@Geo_Baker_1) March 17, 2021
It’s been far too long. Time for our voices to be heard. #NotNCAAProperty— Jordan Bohannon (@JordanBo_3) March 17, 2021
Maryland men’s basketball is preparing for its first-round matchup against UConn on Saturday.
Lila provided updates from Maryland men’s basketball media availability.
Turgeon says that UConn reminds him a lot of how Rutgers plays, with a little bit of this year's Michigan State team in the mix.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) March 17, 2021
Defense and toughness.
Head coach Mark Turgeon says that Maryland men's basketball will have a practice at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette this week.— Lila Bromberg (@lilabbromberg) March 17, 2021
Like all teams, the Terps are staying in Indianapolis. They will travel a little over an hour on Saturday for their first round game there against UConn.
Former Terp Quinton Jefferson is reuniting with Yannick Ngakoue on the Las Vegas Raiders.
Former Maryland defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson has signed with the Las Vegas Raiders on a 1-year deal.— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) March 17, 2021
This move reunites Jefferson with former Maryland teammate Yannick Ngakoue. In 2015 as Terps, the duo combined for 49 solo tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss and 20 sacks.
Former Maryland wide receiver DJ Turner participated in his pro day yesterday.
DJ Turner was asked about his connections in the NFL and noted how former Maryland assistants Matt Canada and Chris Beatty are two strong voices he has at the NFL level.— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) March 17, 2021
"[They] can speak for my ability and also speak on my character as well, so it definitely helps out a lot." https://t.co/fy8i9Xl44p
Maryland men’s lacrosse will be debuting its second black helmet of the season on Saturday.