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Brenda Frese gets 400th win as No. 8 Maryland tops Detroit


Brenda Frese gets 400th win as No. 8 Maryland tops Detroit

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Kiah Gillespie provided the offensive spark in Maryland coach Brenda Frese's 400th career victory Friday, a role the freshman is likely to revisit many times in her career.

Gillespie scored 18 points to lift No. 8 Maryland out of an early offensive lull and help Frese to her latest milestone in a 97-41 victory over Detroit.

The versatile forward has averaged more than 17 points in three games with the Terrapins (3-0), and says she already feels a responsibility to her new coach.

"I thought it was very important to play for coach, especially with the tradition that's here at Maryland," Gillespie said. "So to be a part of this 400th win is very special to me. And I know that she's a great coach and that she's going to continue to win if we keep playing like how I know she's going to coach us."

Brene Moseley had 13 points and 10 assists for her second career double-double, and Kristen Confroy added 12 points for Maryland. Rosanna Reynolds scored 15 points, and Nicole Urbanick added 10 for Detroit (0-3).

Frese was honored for her milestone with a postgame video. It offered congratulations from former mentor and Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly, Maryland men's coach Mark Turgeon, former Terp and WNBA player Marissa Coleman and other former players and assistants.

"When you get to be my age, it's really emotional," Frese said about the video. "It's not about the wins, it's the people and it's the relationships that have always centered me as a coach."

Frese is 400-134 in 17 seasons as a college head coach, going 343-104 in 14 seasons at Maryland. She spent two years at Ball State and one at Minnesota before taking over at Maryland in 2002 for Chris Weller, who recorded all 499 of her career wins with the Terrapins.

"I think for me, it was just hoping that I was good enough to come into Maryland and help this team and put them in a position to be successful," Frese said. "All these other things are just, it's incredible to be a part of."

Maryland led 22-8 after Gillespie scored the final eight points of the first quarter on a 3-pointer, a three-point play and a leaning transition jumper just before the buzzer. That helped Maryland solve a zone defense that had given it some early trouble.

"Whether it's her posting up down low or her calling for the trail 3, I mean that opens up our offense so much," Maryland guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough said of Gillespie. "It's a blessing to have."

A 10-0 run in the second quarter, keyed by a jumper and 3-pointer from Moseley, pushed the lead to 39-15, and the Terps entered halftime ahead 47-19.


Maryland allowed the fewest points of its young season while holding Detroit to 27.1 percent shooting (16 of 59) and out-rebounding the Titans 50-23.

"We have great offensive players -- If they could choose, I know which end of the court they're going to choose," Frese said. "But by the end of the season, they're going to be able to play both ends of the floor and play hard."


Maryland: Moseley's 29 minutes were the most played by any Terps player this season. ... Maryland has at least one player earn a double-double in each of its first three games. ... Walker- Kimbrough had 10 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Detroit: The Titans will play one other currently ranked team this season, visiting No. 23 Michigan State on Dec. 21. . They fell to 5-49 all-time against ranked opponents.


Maryland: Heads to the Virgin Islands for three games in the Paradise Jam tournament, starting with Old Dominion on Thursday.

Detroit: Ends trip at St. Bonaventure on Tuesday.

MORE TERPS: Walker-Kimbrough, No. 8 Maryland blow by High Point 105-50

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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."


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Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors


Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors

In a roller-coaster season for the Maryland Terrapins, there have been three points of consistency on their roster: Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

On Monday, the Big Ten awarded them each their first conference recognition.


Sophomore guard, Cowan was named the All-Big Ten Third Team and the All-Defensive Team. The 6-0 guard finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 15.7 points per game. He also was third in assists (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was a nightmare to defend, filling right into the role that Melo Trimble left vacated this year. Both recognitions were from the Big Ten coaches and media.

Freshman forward, Fernando was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Leading all freshmen with 6.4 rebounds and averaging 10.2 points a game, he instantly had an impact on the Terps. From Angola, the 6-10 forward capped his season with 21 points against Iowa on Jan. 7. In his first year, he went from a bench player to a starter, to Sportscenter. It was the first time ever a Terp has been named to the All-Freshman Team 

Huerter was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Stepping into a new role in the 2017-18 season, Huerter struggled but still managed to be highly productive. With the ball in his hands more he shot 42.1 percent from deep and made 72 three-point baskets on the season. Already through two seasons, he is 12th on Maryland’s all-time three-point list.  He also scored 14.6 points a game.