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Maryland picked to win Big Ten

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten newcomer Maryland is the pick to win the conference in women’s basketball in a vote by coaches and media. Minnesota’s Rachel Banham is the Preseason Player of the Year.

Maryland and Rutgers are playing in their first season in the conference. The Terrapins won 28 games and reached the Final Four last season. They beat out Michigan State for preseason conference honors, with Iowa picked third.

Banham, a senior, averaged 22.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals last season.

She was joined on the coaches’ preseason team by Iowa’s Samantha Logic, Michigan State’s Aerial Powers, Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot and Northwestern’s Nia Coffey. Six players were chosen because of a tie.

The results of the vote were announced Thursday.


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