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Slocum named WBCA Freshman of the Year

Another award has come in for starting Maryland point guard Destiny Slocum. Slocum was named the National Freshman of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Saturday in Dallas.

This year she was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection after averaging 11.5 points and 6.0 assists per game. In Big Ten play, Slocum led the conference with 7.5 assists per game. Her 204 assists and 71 made 3-pointers are both Terp’s freshmen records.

“This is certainly not an awards I could have received myself,” Slocum said. “All of my family, teammates, coaches, former coaches helped me so much along the way. I am certainly blessed.”

Slocum was a starter from day one for Maryland and was the facilitator for the nation’s top offense, which averaged 89.3 points per game. While Maryland set an overall school record with 694 assists in the season, Slocum also reached double-digits in 19 of 34 games and had five or more assists 24 times this year.

She is the fifth Terp to earn conference Freshman of the Year honors, joining Alyssa Thomas, Lynetta Kizer, Marissa Coleman and Crystal Langhorne, but the first national Freshman of the Year in Terps women’s basketball history.

Slocum shot 40.5-percent from the floor and 37.4-percent from 3-point range. Her 71 triples were second on the team. She was third on the team with 44 steals.

“Destiny has had an amazing start to her career,” Terps head coach Brenda Frese said. “The energy she plays with is contagious and it’s something the whole country has seen. We couldn’t be more happy for Destiny and her family for receiving this award.”

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