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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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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.