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Maryland’s Diamond Miller is unanimous first team all-Big Ten selection

MINNEAPOLIS — Diamond Miller made it three straight seasons on the all-Big Ten team as she and her Maryland teammates piled up the all-conference awards Tuesday.

The senior guard was a unanimous first-team selection by the media and coaches after being named to the second team as a junior and the first team as a sophomore by both voting groups. She is expected to be one of the top picks in the WNBA draft after leading the Terrapins with 19.9 points (third in the conference) and 6.4 rebounds per game. The scoring average is the highest for a Maryland player since two-time WNBA all-star Brionna Jones in 2016-17.

Sophomore guard Shyanne Sellers was named first team by the media and second team by the coaches while also being voted to the all-defense team by both groups. Senior guard Abby Meyers earned second-team honors from both groups, and senior forward Faith Masonius received the sportsmanship award.

Iowa guard and national player of the year candidate Caitlin Clark was named conference player of the year, Indiana center Mackenzie Holmes was voted defensive player of the year, and Indiana’s Teri Moren was tabbed coach of the year. Ohio State forward Cotie McMahon was named freshman of the year, and Iowa forward Hannah Stuelke was honored as sixth player of the year. The media and coaches had identical selections for the four individual awards and coach of the year.

Sellers averaged 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds and led Maryland at 3.2 assists per game. She nearly doubled her scoring output after averaging 7.7 points as a freshman.

Meyers put up 14.3 points in her only season at Maryland while also recording 5.4 rebounds. She was the Ivy League player of the year last season before transferring from Princeton.

The Big Ten tournament begins Wednesday with No. 13 seed Penn State facing No. 12 seed Minnesota and No. 14 seed Northwestern playing No. 11 seed Rutgers.

Maryland (24-5, 15-3) finished tied with Iowa with second-best record in the Big Ten and has the No. 3 seed and a double bye in the conference tournament after the Hawkeyes beat regular season champion Indiana on the final day of the season. Illinois, the No. 6 seed, faces the winner of Northwestern and Rutgers on Thursday, and Maryland will play the winner of that game in the quarterfinals at 9 p.m. Friday.

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