Feature photo courtesy of UM Terps.
When No. 8 Maryland travels to Iowa Sunday, it will be a homecoming for coach Brenda Frese—the former All-state Iowa native who grew up in Cedar Rapids.
In her 14th season with the Terps, Frese boasts a 353-106 record at Maryland, including a NCAA Championship victory in 2006. This season, Frese and the Terps are (13-2) overall and (2-1) in conference play.
Maryland is coming off of a convincing 89-50 team victory against Nebraska Thursday night.
Frese utilized all 12 players against Nebraska, nine of whom scored. It was Maryland’s bigs who came through against Nebraska, eliminating main threat freshman forward Jessica Shepard. The Terps’ Malina Howard, Brionna Jones and Brene Moseley combined for 40 points. Howard led the team with 15 points, two assists and six rebounds.
“That was one of the best games I’ve ever seen from Malina— just the confidence that she’s playing with, opening things up and making it easier for her teammates,” Frese said.
The Terps’ victory over Nebraska was a bounce back in the right direction after they suffered an 80-71 loss to Ohio State in the first game of 2016.
Iowa will be looking to take note from the Terps’ last two games. The Hawkeyes are coming off of a loss to Michigan Thursday night and currently hold a record of 12-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Iowa’s player to watch is Ally Disterhoft, who averages 16.9 points per game. The Hawkeyes have not lost back-to-back games since last season.
The Terps, who went undefeated in conference play last season, look to improve to 3-1 in the Big Ten after a rocky start. They played three games in the last week of 2015, including two conference games and finishing the week 1-2. After a victory over Nebraska and a now more spread-out schedule, the Terps look to find their rhythm in the remaining months of the regular season.
The Hawkeyes host the Terps Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. Maryland will play Michigan in Ann Arbor next Thursday before coming back to the Xfinity Center to host Northwestern.
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