The Maryland women’s basketball team took home several Big Ten individual honors Monday.
Taylor Mikesell was named Freshman of the Year by the coaches and Brenda Frese was selected Coach of the Year by both the coaches and media, the conference announced.
Mikesell has hit a freshman program-record 86 3-pointers this season, the most by any freshman in the country. Mikesell, who averages 13.9 points and 3.1 3-pointers made per game, is Maryland's second Big Ten Freshman of the Year, joining Destiny Slocum, who won in the honor in 2016 before transferring to Oregon State. Mikesell was also named first-Team All-Big Ten by the media, second team by the coaches and an All-Freshman Team honoree.
Michigan’s Naz Hillmon was picked Freshman of the Year by the media. Mikesell and Hillmon are the third duo to share Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and the first since 2004.
Iowa senior forward Megan Gustafson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the first Hawkeye to win the award twice.
Frese has led No. 8 Maryland to 25 wins and a 15-3 mark in Big Ten play, securing the regular-season Big Ten championship for the fourth time in five years. This is Frese's third Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, and second with Maryland (2015). She won the award in 2002 at Minnesota.
In addition, Terps junior guard Kaila Charles was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media for the second year in a row after leading Maryland with 16 points per game. Junior forward Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen) earned second-team honors by the media and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the coaches after averaging 13 points and 6.2 rebounds during the regular season.
Freshman forward Shakira Austin was selected to the All-Big Ten defensive team after securing a Maryland freshman-record 77 blocks this season, a mark that ranks second in the Big Ten and seventh in the country. Austin also was named to the All-Freshman Team and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the media.
Junior guard Sarah Myers was honored with a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Michigan State freshman guard Nia Clouden (St. Frances) received All-Big Ten honorable mention from the coaches and media, and was also named to the All-Freshman Team.
The Terps will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament this weekend in Indianapolis. After clinching a double-bye, Maryland will play Friday at noon against the winner of eighth-seeded Northwestern and ninth-seeded Michigan State.