Basketball players

Angel Reese among three Maryland women’s basketball players named AP All-Americans

When the Maryland women’s basketball team begins play in the NCAA tournament on Friday, the Terps will be armed with three All-Americans.

That’s according to polling organ The Associated Press, which listed three Terps as All-Americans on Wednesday. Sophomore forward Angel Reese was voted to the third team, while guards Ashley Owusu and Katie Benzan also received votes and were named honorable mentions.

It’s the first AP All-American nod for Reese, and the second for Benzan and Owusu. Maryland and South Carolina were the only teams with three AP All-Americans.

A 6-foot-3 sophomore from Baltimore, Reese is often disadvantaged by her size when playing center, but makes up for it with her tenacity, tenacity and talent for rebounding. She leads the Terps in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 17.5 points and 10.8 boards per game.

Reese is also third in the nation in offensive rebounds per game, collecting 5.4 from offensive glass per game. She also ranks 10th nationally in points per 40 minutes (27), eighth in total rebound rate (22.7%) and ninth in PER (38.9).

Benzan had another stellar season shooting in basketball, shooting 44.6 percent from the floor, 43.5 percent from three-point and 95 percent from the free throw line. She was one of only three players nationally, according to HerHoopStats, who attempted at least 50 threes and 20 free throws, to shoot slashes of at least 42/42/92. The others were Taylor Robertson of Oklahoma – another honorable mention All-American – and Madisen Parker of Bowling Green.

The 5-foot-6 fifth-year guard also finished eighth nationally in offensive rating (129.4). Benzan has also led the Terps in assists this season, delivering 3.9 per game.

Owusu has struggled with injury and illness this season but has been effective while on the court for Maryland. The 6-foot junior from Woodbridge, Va., averaged 14 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 24 games, including 22 starts. In big games this season, Owusu was often at his best. She scored a season-high 30 points against Stanford and had 24 points, six assists and four rebounds in a home win over Baylor. She also had 24 points, three assists and zero turnovers in 38 minutes in a win over tournament-ready Miami.

To advance far in the NCAA Tournament this season, the shallow Terps will need these three players at their best.

For Maryland – seeded fourth in the Spokane Regional and ranked 13th in the latest AP Top 25 poll – the journey to the Final Four begins Friday at College Park against No. 13 Delaware. Blue Hens’ Jasmine Dickey – a native of Baltimore who is third in the nation in points – also received an honorable mention All-American.