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Maryland freshman forward Shakira Austin has been selected as one of 15 players on the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Watch List. Austin is the only freshman to make the list for the national honor. Austin has been a force on the defensive end for the Terps, already breaking Marissa Coleman's freshman blocks record, with 53 through 19 games this season, the second best mark in the Big Ten. The Freshman also ranks fourth in the conference, averaging 10.8 rebounds per game. Austin has seven double doubles this season and has had 10+ rebounds in 13 of Maryland's 19 contests. Austin and the Terps return to action Sunday when they travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network at noon.

Women's basketball: Host Towson's shooting went cold over the final 3:10, but the Tigers (12-6, 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association) held on to win 59-58 over Elon (7-10, 2-4) on Friday. Nukiya Mayo (15 points) made a jumper for a 59-56 lead with 3:11 left in the game. Emily Maupin made a jumper with 54 seconds left for the Phoenix for the final points scored in the game.

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Women's lacrosse: Maryland senior midfielder Jen Giles (Mount Hebron) has been named to the U.S. National Team for the first time in her career and will compete in the Spring Premiere this weekend at Stanford. Giles was selected as part of a 26-player roster that features some of the best lacrosse talent in the nation, including former Terps: three-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings, Megan Douty, two-time Tewaaraton winner Katie Haus and Alice Mercer. A 2018 IWLCA First Team All-American, Giles is one of eight current collegiate players representing the U.S. this weekend in California. Last season for the Terps, Giles led the team and ranked third in the Big Ten with 31 assists, ranked second on the team with 83 points and third on the team with 52 goals. Giles' weekend with Team USA will feature two games, a youth clinic and a joint practice with Team Japan.

Men's lacrosse: Will Bowen, the nation'stop-ranked national defensive recruit in the men's lacrosse high school Class of 2018, will redshirt his freshman campaign at North Carolina this season. UNC head coach Joe Breschi (Loyola Blakefield) made the announcement on Friday after Bowen suffered a lower body injury in practice the week of Jan. 13. Bowen is a native of Cohasset, Mass., and attended Boston College High School before enrolling at Carolina last August.

Football: Maryland senior defensive lineman Byron Cowart and senior defensive back Darnell Savage Jr. will participate in The Reese's Senior Bowl today at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Both Terps will be members of the North team.

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Poly, St. Frances match upin Wells basketball classic

The third annual William Wells Classic, this one featuring boys and girls basketball teams from St. Frances and Poly, is set to take place Saturday at Towson University's SECU Arena. The St. Frances-Poly girls game is set for 6:30 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 8. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Baseball: Scott Proefrock, assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be the featured guest at Zion Lutheran Church's ninth annual Hot Stove Baseball Talk on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the church's sanctuary, 2215 Brandywine Lane in York, Pa. Other speakers include Mel Antonen, panelist for MASN Sports and contributor to MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM, and Dan Connolly, senior writer for The Athletic Baltimore. The panelists will present their thoughts on major league baseball and will answer questions from the audience. There is no admission fee for the event, but a freewill offering will be taken to assist the church's youth ministry. For more information, contact the church at 717-767-4673.

Track & field: The Naval Academy will host its annual Navy Invitational meet today at 11 a.m. at the Wesley A. Brown Field House in Annapolis. Admission is free.

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