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Jones and SWK earn All-American honors

Brionna Jones (left) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (right)

Perhaps their careers did not end with the magical NCAA Tournament run they hoped for, but it does not at all take away from the remarkable seasons seniors Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had. And for their incredible effort to lead Maryland to a 32-3 record and back-to-back 30-win seasons, both Jones and Walker-Kimbrough earned much-deserved Associated Press All-American honors on Monday.

Jones earned First Team All-American honors along with Washington’s Kelsey Plum, South Carolina’s Aja Wilson, and Connecticut’s Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier. Walker-Kimbrough was named to the All-American Third Team for a second straight season.

Jones led Maryland in both scoring and rebounding with 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. She set a school record with 697 points in a season and shot a nation’s best 69-percent from the floor. Jones reached double-digits in points in every game this year except the team’s 100-44 season-opening blowout against UMass Lowell, in which she only played 14 minutes. She had 25 double-doubles this year and led Maryland with 57 blocks, and tied Walker-Kimbrough with 68 steals.

Walker-Kimbrough was not only the team’s top perimeter scorer, leading the Terps with 72 made 3-pointers and a 45.9-percent clip, while finishing second on the team with 18.8 points and 3.5 assists per game, she was also the team’s defensive ace on the outside. Walker-Kimbrough routinely matched up and shut down opposing team’s top scorers. She reached double-digit points in all by two games this year.

Walker-Kimbrough’s 45.9-percent 3-point shooting for the year is both a Maryland and Big Ten record. Jones’ career 65-percent shooting rate is also a Big Ten record. She is third on Maryland’s all-time rebounding list with 1,209 in her career and is tied with Vicky Bullet for fifth on the Terps scoring list with 1,928 career points.

Jones and Walker-Kimbrough led Maryland to three straight Big Ten regular season and tournament titles since joining the conference. They also appeared in the 2014 and 2015 Final Fours and 2017 Sweet 16.

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