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'She's only scratched the surface': Touted Maryland freshman Shakira Austin living up to expectations

'She's only scratched the surface': Touted Maryland freshman Shakira Austin living up to expectations

The oldest of six siblings, Shakira Austin’s passion for basketball has filtered down to her youngest sister, Olivia, 10, who has begun to pick up the sport. But blood ties have not had much influence when it comes to Olivia’s favorite player among her eldest sister’s teammates on the Maryland women’s basketball team.

“She has posters of my teammates, but no posters of me, which is pretty crazy,” Shakira Austin, 18, said Monday. “She actually thinks that [junior forward] Steph Jones is her favorite player. She said, ‘She’s the best player on the team.’ I said, ‘Wow. OK. That’s pretty crazy.’ But just knowing that she’s able to see me — and whether I’m her favorite player or...

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