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Maryland women picked to win Big Ten

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Maryland has moved to the Big Ten Conference and the expectations remain high on the heels of a Final Four appearance.

Maryland was picked to win the conference in a vote by coaches and media, it was announced on Thursday. The Terrapins beat out runner-up Michigan, while Iowa finished third. Minnesota guard Rachel Banham was the preseason Player of the Year.

While Maryland returns only one senior, coach Brenda Frese says the current squad is the most athletic in her 12 seasons as Terrapins coach. She is encouraged by its potential at the defensive end in particular.

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