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Maryland enters postseason with best offense in the country

/ by Ryan Wormeli
Presented By Chasen Boscolo
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Considering her long resume of high level success in College Park, head coach Brenda Frese shouldn't be taken lightly when she says this year's team is the best offensive unit she's ever had at Maryland.

And if the endorsement from an elite coach isn't enough, the numbers bear it out as well.

The Maryland women are scoring 121.8 points per possession, which leads the nation. In fact, it's the fifth-highest offensive efficiency HerHoopsStats has recorded in the last five seasons of women's college basketball. The only teams ahead of this year's Terrapins? Three UConn teams and last year's Oregon Ducks, led by an all-time great in Sabrina Ionescu.

Frese turned over most of her roster from last year's team, which makes this year's offensive output so impressive. The Terps aren't dominated by a single elite talent. Rather, they operate as a selfless team, with a whopping six players averaging double digits in scoring.

There are plenty of stars, to be sure. Ashley Owusu leads the team in both scoring and assists, while Katie Benzan is the most prolific three-point shooter in the country. That doesn't even include the uber-talented and versatile Diamond Miller or Angel Reese, the number two overall recruit in the country who missed significant time this season due to an injury.

This is the best shooting team in the country, and as FiveThiryEight points out, even on the rare occasion they miss a shot, Maryland’s offensive rebound rate is seventh in the country at 41.4%.

 

The incredible offensive cohesion has come not only after a roster overhaul, but in the midst of a pandemic-affected season. And yet, Maryland is still scoring at an elite, historic level.

The old adage says that defense wins championships. But if Maryland -- in the fight for a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament -- has anything to say about it, it will be offense that carries the day this season.