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Maryland's Kaila Charles earns first-team All-Big Ten honors; Ieshia Small named Sixth Player of the Year

Maryland's Kaila Charles finished eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (18.1 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game) and fifth in field-goal percentage (.520).
Maryland's Kaila Charles finished eighth in the Big Ten in scoring (18.1 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game) and fifth in field-goal percentage (.520). (Jessica Hill / AP)

Maryland women’s basketball sophomore wing Kaila Charles on Monday was named first-team All-Big Ten Conference by the league’s coaches and media.

The focus of the Terps’ offense and their top defender, Charles finished eighth in the league in scoring (18.1 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game) and fifth in field-goal percentage (.520). Last season, Charles was named to the All-Freshman team.

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The Terps end a rare losing streak with a narrow victory on senior day.

Senior wing Ieshia Small was named the Sixth Player of the Year by the league’s coaches after averaging 9.2 points in 22.4 minutes per game off the bench. She’s the third Terp to earn conference Sixth Player of the Year honors, following Brene Moseley (2016) and Lynetta Kizer (2012).

Junior wing Eleanna Christinaki and senior guard Kristen Confroy earned All-Big Ten honorable mention from the coaches and the media. Confroy is averaging 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds this season while leading the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (.456). Christinaki, a transfer from Florida who became eligible midseason, is averaging 12.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.

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No. 17 Maryland (23-6, 12-4) is the second seed in the Big Ten tournament and will face either seventh-seeded Indiana or 10th-seeded Michigan State at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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